Legendary, Universal Pick Up Hot Dwayne Johnson Project “Red Notice”


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Even before the release of this summer’s action movie Skyscraper and filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber are continuing their relationship, their next project  just being picked up by the team of and in a bidding war with Warner Bros., New Line, Paramount and Sony after it hit the streets earlier in the week.

The action-comedy will be the third movie the two make following 2016’s Central Intelligence and the upcoming Skyscraper, and it comes with a proposed budget of between $125 and $150 million with Thurber receiving $10 million and Johnson receiving a reported $20 million payday.

’s FlynnPictureCol. is producing the movie along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for , and Thurber. Wendy Jacobson is exec. producing with plans to start filming next year.

It makes sense that Universal would want to remain in the business since they’ll be releasing Skyscraper, but also, Johnson has proven to be a popular part of their blockbuster Fast and Furious franchise. Universal is even developing a spin-off for Johnson’s character to headline with Jason Statham.

Repped by , and , Johnson is going to keep fairly busy with all of those as well as a sequel to Sony Pictures’ hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which just hired writers earlier this week.

Repped by and , Thurber directed comedy hits like Dodgeball and We’re the Miller before teaming with Johnson and Kevin Hart for Central Intelligence.

Universal is already distributing most of Legendary’s recent productions, so the collaboration between the two companies to produce Red Notice makes sense.

While I wasn’t a big fan of Central Intelligence, I have enough confidence in Johnson to keep making great action movies as he has literally become the biggest action star in the world, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone or Bruce Willis in the ’80s and ’90s.

Deadline initially reported this news.

  | East Coast Editor

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