Dwayne Johnson developing biopic about champion wrestler

Dwayne Johnson is returning to the wrestling world to produce a new biopic about Anthony Robles.The movie action man, aka wrestling champ The Rock, has signed on to develop the project with his ex-partner Dany Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions…

Dwayne Johnson is returning to the wrestling world to produce a new biopic about Anthony Robles.

The movie action man, aka wrestling champ The Rock, has signed on to develop the project with his ex-partner Dany Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner.

Robles was born with only one leg and overcame a series of obstacles to become an undefeated college wrestling star and a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.

Johnson’s film will be adapted from John Hindman’s script, based on Robles’s 2012 memoir, Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion.

“Our entire Seven Bucks team is passionate about sharing stories that inspire and resonate on a global scale,” Johnson and Garcia said in a statement. “We’ve had an eye on Anthony’s story for a long time and have been deeply moved by his perseverance that proves nothing is impossible. The powerful themes of redemption and tackling life’s obstacles are very familiar to us, we are excited to bring this triumphant underdog story to life.”

Unstoppable will also be produced by Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions, Andy Fraser for A Really Good Home Pictures, David Crockett for Coonskin Cap Productions, and Gary Lewis. Bob Yari will serve as executive producer. Casting details have not yet been announced.

“Words cannot express how honoured I am to have my story made into a film,” Robles added. “Because I was born missing my leg, my entire life I’ve had to deal with people having low expectations of me. When I got into wrestling, most people thought it was impossible for me to become even an average wrestler. I’m hopeful that people who see Unstoppable will walk away believing that you should never let your challenges define you. If you have a goal, go after it with everything you’ve got. Nothing is impossible.”

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Ryan Reynolds joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures. With a script f…

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.

The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures.

With a script from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot is to follow an Interpol agent who is tracking the world’s most wanted art thief. Details about the characters to be played by Reynolds, Johnson, and Gadot have not yet been announced.

“Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot,” said Johnson in a statement, adding of the Netflix deal: “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”

In addition to starring in Red Notice, Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Turber will also produce the feature, with Scott Sheldon to executive produce.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with (head of Netflix film) Scott Stuber and Netflix – a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience,” commented Thurber.

Red Notice marks the third feature Johnson and Thurber have teamed up on, with the pair previously working together on 2018’s Skyscraper and 2016’s Central Intelligence. Principal photography is set to take place in various locations in 2020, with the film slated for release in November that year.

Johnson is attached to appear in upcoming Netflix movie John Henry and the Statesmen too, and is currently in the post-production phases on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Jungle Cruise.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been shooting The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy.

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Dwayne Johnson to produce Pain & Gain stuntman’s epic river jump movie

Dwayne Johnson and his ex-wife Dany Garcia have signed on to produce a new documentary about a stuntman’s attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho – just like his childhood idol Evel Knievel. The producing partners’ company Seven Bucks will ove…

Dwayne Johnson and his ex-wife Dany Garcia have signed on to produce a new documentary about a stuntman’s attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho – just like his childhood idol Evel Knievel.

The producing partners’ company Seven Bucks will oversee Stuntman, which will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday (23Sep18).

Kurt Mattila’s film chronicle’s veteran Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun as he attempts to replicate the Snake River Canyon rocket jump his hero unsuccessfully attempted in 1974.

Braun poured his life savings into his dream of jumping the Snake River Canyon, enlisting the son of the NASA rocket scientist who built Evel’s original steam-powered rocket, to help him make the perilous motorbike leap.

“I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing stunt performers over the course of my career, the entire stunt community is the backbone of our business,” says Johnson. “Having the opportunity to showcase Eddie’s career and this often overlooked line of work is an honour for us.”

Meanwhile, Garcia tells Deadline Braun’s story is “a powerful experience that exposes the level of passion and fearlessness required by these invaluable stunt actors”.

Knievel narrowly avoided death when he failed to clear the canyon, west of Shoshone Falls in September, 1974. He survived the jump with only minor physical injuries.

Several daredevils have expressed interest in recreating the jump, including Knievel’s sons Robbie and Kelly, but Braun managed the feat in September, 2016.

Eddie has been working on Hollywood stunts since the early 1980s. He teamed up with Johnson for the 2013 movie Pain & Gain.

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