Even before the release of this summer’s action movie Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson and filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber are continuing their relationship, their next project RED NOTICE just being picked up by the team of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures 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.
Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCol. is producing the movie along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions, 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 Dwayne Johnson 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 WME, Gang Tyre and Ramer & Brown, Johnson is going to keep fairly busy with all of those projects as well as a sequel to Sony Pictures’ hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which just hired writers earlier this week.
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.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor