NEW YORK (Variety) - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is ready to swing the two-by-four in the MGM remake of "Walking Tall," a film that will likely go into production in early summer.
The 1973 film's premise of a Southern sheriff's mission to remove corruption from his county has been contemporized. In the new version, The Rock's character returns home from serving his country and finds his small town infected by drugs, violence and general menace. Like the original character of Buford Pusser, who was played by Joe Don Baker (news), the protagonist still settles disputes with the very persuasive assist of a well-swung two-by-four.
The Rock has sparked to David Klass's script and his participation is subject to the studio signing him quickly. A deal is expected to be made quickly and a director hired right away.
MGM's courtship of the Rock will have to be quick if the studio wants to tie up his next slot. The Rock followed "The Scorpion King" with the Peter Berg (news)-directed "Helldorado" for Universal, and studios all over town are developing vehicles for him, including Universal's "Spy Hunter," "Johnny Bravo" at Warner Bros., "Walk Like a Dragon" at Paramount, and "Skip Tracer" and "King Kamehameha" at Sony.
You can Click Here to see the article on Yahoo. My only comment at this time is that if The Rock does sign on for this project and the film is in production by early summer (as the article suggests) then Rock's return to the WWE this year will be very brief indeed.
Like the original character of Buford Pusser, who was played by Joe Don Baker (news), the protagonist still settles disputes with the very persuasive assist of a well-swung two-by-four.
I guess Hacksaw Jim Duggan was busy...
"Present day writers, especially of the Socilaist school of thought- base their various theories upon one common hypothesis: They divide mankind into two parts. People in general- with the exception of the writer himself- from the first group. The writer, all alone, forms the second and most impportant group. Surely ths is the weirderst and most conceited notion that ever entered a human brain!" - Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850
Originally posted by The ThrillExcept that Johnny Bravo is a big WHITE GUY with BLONDE HAIR. The Rock is NOT...and I can't think of any regular characters that are.
Not trying to set anybody off here...but it just wouldn't work.
The Kingpin is a fat whiteguy in the Daredevil comics. Two-face was a white guy in the Batman comics, than was portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the first two movies, than Tommy Lee Jones in the turd. Spiderman could not produce webbing through his body. And the list could go on and on.
We are dealing with Hollywood, where using your artistic license completely erases how something is and will be.
I thought 'Walking Tall' was Blackjack Mulligan's domain from the 'Walking Tall' matches he used to have with Kevin Sullivan in Florida in the 80's. First they put his kid in the joint and now this. Its a vast conspiracy against Blackjack Mulligan.
Please help control the McMahon population. Have your Triple H's spayed or neutered.
Johnny Bravo? I am not a big fan of the show but do think he could pull it off. Of course, I would rather see Angle in that role. He would be hilarious.
Of course, the show I would rather see ont he big screen is Samurai Jack, but DEFINATELY not with The Rock.
Perhaps Steve Blackman?
I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.
Well...I guess the WWE career for Rocky is going to get more limited and limited. That is great for him. I would rather be in movies than getting the nightly wear and tear on his body from wrestling. We sure haven't heard any reports of scripts arriving on HHH's doorstep.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
Originally posted by WpobJohnny Bravo? I am not a big fan of the show but do think he could pull it off. Of course, I would rather see Angle in that role
Nahh. I'm beginning to think more and more that Angle's destiny is to play Lex Luthor. He'd be a bit manic in the role but he has the arrogance and the baldness to pull it off.
Rock in a remake of a Joe Don Baker movie. There's something so elegantly karmic about that I scarcely have the words for it. I hope he'll continue remake Joe Don Baker movies and do a version of "Final Justice" one day.
Their ratings haven't moved in *four years*. Sacrificing a long form storyline for some phantom ratings bump, especially when it involves burning the heat of a top heel they've invested *18 months* of build in, is crazy.