The Tracking Board has confirmed that Universal Pictures will team with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers to make an untitled action-adventure about the hunt for Genghis Khan’s tomb, which Universal just bought from screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote Johnson’s 2014 Hercules movie.
While a lot has been written and produced about the great Mongolian leader over the years, Spiliotopoulos’ script is for a contemporary movie which wouldn’t necessarily show Khan, but rather, adventurers looking for his resting place.
Spiliotopoulos wrote Disney’s Beauty and the Beast adaptation, currently this year’s highest grosser with over $500 million, as well as the sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War for Universal.
Johnson and Garcia’s production company has been involved extensively with Universal, producing the Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as the planned spin-off that would team Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters from the series.
Johnson plans to executive produce the project, not necessarily for himself to star, with his Seven Bucks production president, Hiram Garcia, and ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine. Robert Zemeckis will also executive produce, along with Universal’s Jay Polidoro and Lexi Barta.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor