If you’ve been waiting to watch Dwayne Johnson in the DC film ‘Black Adam‘ — you’re probably more than a little frustrated.
Johnson first signed on to play Black Adam way back in 2014. That’s right, seven years ago. It was announced just after the release of ‘Man of Steel’ when Warner Bros. had hopes of riding Zack Snyder’s DC Universe.
That obviously didn’t work out and the project kinda just floated around in the open sea for years.
But now? They’re ready to go. Johnson surprised fans by posting a video to his Instagram account, revealing he would begin filming ‘Black Adam’ in just three weeks.
He even shared the opening page of the script!
There is no official release date for this film, but filming will likely take a couple months, and then you have editing. I’m sure it’ll likely be pushed back to 2022. It was originally supposed to hit theaters this December, but that seems unlikely.
Black Adam will not only introduce the origin story of the titular character – who has been both hero and villain in DC comics – but will also bring forth the Justice Society of America, a group of heroes working together that includes Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Doctor Fate.
Life continues to look good for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The 48-year-old actor was just named the world’s highest paid actor for the second year in a row.
Between June 2019 and June 2020, Johnson earned around $87.5 million. Over $20 million of that came from his starring role in the upcoming Netflix flick, Red Notice.
The bad news is that this $87 million total is a decrease from the previous year for Johnson. He made $89 million the previous year, so yeah, that’s disappointing. I wonder how he’s coping. We’ll pray for him.
Ryan Reynolds is second on the list. He brought in $71 million this past year, and just like Johnson, $20 million came from the Red Notice film. The budget for the action film is reportedly close to $200 million, if you were wondering.
Mark Wahlberg came in third at $58 million, Ben Affleck in fourth at $55 million and number five is Vin Diesel with a respectable $54 million.
Adam Sandler,Will Smith, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jackie Chan, and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar round out the top 10.
In total, the 10 stars were paid over $500 million. Must be nice, right? Must be nice.
There are two things Hollywood loves without question, and those two things are superhero films and Dwayne Johnson.
So why not combine them? It’s being reported that Johnson and Emily Blunt will star in an upcoming superhero flick titled Ball and Chain.
Ball and Chain is being written by Oscar nominee Emily V. Gordon and is an adaptation of the ’90s comic of the same name by Scott Lobdell. It follows a married couple going through relationship turmoil who also have superpowers, but they only work properly when they’re together.
Gordon co-wrote ‘The Big Sick‘ with her husband Kumail Nanjiani, so at least we know there will be a talented screenwriter behind the project.
But still, the premise sounds a little…uh, silly? I feel like it’s going to be hard to pull off, but there are a lot of talented people involved, so maybe they can do it together.
The project is currently being shopped among multiple studios, but no deal has closed yet.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can catch Johnson and Blunt together in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which is set to hit theaters next summer.
Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is planning for the future. It was announced this week that his superhero movie spinoff of ‘Shazam!’ will hit theaters Christmas 2021.
He also shared a poster for the ‘Black Adam‘ film on his Instagram page, writing, “I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM. This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21″
Production on the film will reportedly begin in June of 2020, which means the movie will likely have a long post-production process.
This gig has been a long time coming for Johnson. He’s been linked to the character for over a decade now. Even though he’s starred in some seriously huge blockbuster films, this has to be one of the most special moments of his career.
Netflix has taken a few risks in the past year or two with big budget action films. Most recently you had the Will Smith-starring Bright, which had a budget of $90 million. But because of Netflix’s secret stats, we have no idea if they made their money back or not.
But ‘Bright’ is going to seem like an indie flick compared to Red Notice.
The action heist thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds was just picked up by the streaming giant after Universal stumbled on their handling of the film.
After Thurber drafted his pitch into a screenplay with a budget, the filmmakers sensed hesitation from Universal in a meeting late last month, even though the studio had dated the picture for November 13, 2020.
The original pitch deal had specific progress to production timeline clauses and when a window opened, Thurber’s finished script was shown to Netflix 10 days ago. Led by Head of Film Scott Stuber, Netflix committed to everything the filmmakers delivered, and gets a big picture on its slate that is anchored by three global franchise-carrying stars.
When Red Notice was sold via pitch last year, a $20 million salary was guaranteed for Johnson. No word on how much Gadot and Reynolds will make, but it’s safe to say this will likely be Netflix’s most expensive movie ever. The budget is expected to be over $130 million.
The film is an international action thriller centered around the pursuit of the most wanted art thief in the world. It takes place in multiple countries.
Netflix believes this movie will turn into a franchise, which is why they’re going all in.
And for $130 million, they better hope it’s popular enough to warrant a sequel. Red Notice will begin filming in 2020.
If you like action and unrealistic plots, then Hobbs & Shaw is the perfect movie for you. The Fast and Furious spinoff stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. It also stars Idris Elba, who is playing black Superman. Seriously.
This movie looks absolutely ridiculous in every way possible, but it also looks really entertaining. Like get yourself some popcorn and completely lose yourself inside the theater.
It definitely looks like a theater-only film. No way I’d watch this on my 32-inch Samsung.
We don’t really need to tell you about the plot of this movie because it doesn’t matter. It comes second to the action, and this trailer has a lot of action.
Check it out below. Hobbs & Shaw will hit theaters August 2, 2019.
Even though Kevin Hart was asked to host the 2019 Oscars, he apparently wasn’t the first choice. A fan tweeted at Dwayne Johnson the other day, basically saying he should have hosted the Oscars.
And much to everyone’s surprise, The Rock responded…
Well, damn. That would have been fun to watch. And how about him just being like, “Yeah. I was their first choice!” Is that a little shade thrown at Kevin Hart? Probably not, as they seem to be on good terms still.
Although it makes you wonder why Hart’s schedule was clear for the Oscars? He’s starring in the Jumanji sequel with Johnson, so how was he going to find the time? Strange. Maybe he plays a lesser role in the sequel.
In any event, the Oscars will go on without a host this year. Instead of one host, they’ll have multiple celebrities jump onstage to keep the show moving forward. It’ll be the first time in nearly three decades that the show will take place without a host.
What? Another movie with Dwayne Johnson? Yes…are you surprised? Johnson is one of the highlights in the first trailer for the wrestling flick, Fighting With My Family.
The movie, which was written/directed by the incredibly talented Stephen Merchant, is based on a true story about a family of wrestling fanatics who want to get their kids into professional wrestling.
Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden and Vince Vaughn star in the movie. This trailer looks pretty funny. They even throw in a Vin Diesel joke, which is especially hilarious considering he’s got beef with The Rock.
Fighting With My Family is set to hit theaters February 22, 2019. Check out the trailer below…
Fans of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will have to wait a little longer to see his upcoming movie, Red Notice.
Universal Studios announced they are pushing the movie back five months from June 12, 2020 to November 13, 2020. It’s an interesting move, considering they had no competition yet for the original date in June.
This new date has Red Notice going up against Paramount’s ‘Rugrats‘ films. In Red Notice, Johnson plays an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most-wanted art thief in the world.
According to the reports, he’s getting a $20 million paycheck for this role, so hopefully this movie is a box office hit. If not, the studio is going to feel a little silly.
But then again, it’s not exactly a risk to bet on Johnson. The audience loves him. Most of his films find success at the box office. Hell, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘ made a ridiculous $962 million.
His most recent films, Rampage and Skyscraper, made $426 million and $304 million respectively. Not nearly as much as Jumanji, but that’s still a lot of money. It makes writing a $20 million check easy for the studio.
Dwayne Johnson is already the biggest movie star in the world, and now he’s trying to keep the title for years to come. It was announced this week that Johnson will play Hawaiian king Kamehameha in the historical drama, The King.
The movie, which will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, is about the first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
“Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian Islands following a series of battles during the 1790s and took steps to ensure they remained a united realm after his death. Johnson had been eyeing the movie in recent years and decided to move forward on it.”
Randall Wallace wrote the script for this project, which is important because he also wrote Braveheart. His work on the film earned him a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars.
There are lots of talented people working on this movie. Unfortunately, filming isn’t scheduled to begin until 2020, so we’ll be waiting a long time for this film.
But still, we’re looking forward to it because it might give Johnson a real chance to show off his acting skills.