“RED” Writers Jon and Erich Hoeber Hired to Pen Untitled Dave Bautista Action-Comedy for STXfilms

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STXfilms has announced that screenwriters Jon and (RED, RED 2) will be writing a previously announced Dave Bautista family action-comedy.

In the film, the former WWE superstar —  best known for his role as Drax in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies — will play  a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a 9-year-old girl after being sent undercover to watch her family. (Yes, it does sound like this movie in the vein of Schwarzenegger’s Kindergarten Cop and Vin Diesel’s The Pacifier now that you mention it.)

Bautista and will produce the film with STXfilms’ SVP of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff overseeing for the studio.

Represented by and , the screenwriters are best known for adapting Warren Ellis’ graphic novel RED into a hit action movie for Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, as well as its sequel RED 2, both released by Summit. The brothers also wrote the screenplay for the Hasbro Pictures bomb Battleship, as well as the upcoming deep-sea adventure The Meg, starring Jason Statham.

This is one of several projects that STX is developing with Bautista, including a short-form VR series from the company’s immersive content division, STXsurreal. Bautista is repped by , and attorney .

 

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