The Rock and WWE Studios to Team Up for New Movie?

Sharon GlencrossContributor ISeptember 5, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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It seems that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and WWE Studios are teaming up, at long last.

Relax. Johnson hasn't signed up for The Chaperone 2: Mission to Moscow or anything like that. Per The Hollywood Reporter, WWE Studios will be helping fund upcoming action film The Fall Guy, which Johnson is currently in negotiations to star in.

Filmmaker McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels) is currently in talks to direct the film.

As the article notes, The Fall Guy is based on an '80s television show:

Fall Guy was an ABC series that ran from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who supplemented his income by doing bounty hunter work. He was joined on his escapades, which usually involved him transferring a stunt from a movie to the job at hand, by his sidekick cousin (Douglas Barr) and a fetching female stunt actress played by Heather Thomas.

Even though WWE Studios has been in business for almost a decade, it's not really a surprise it's taken this long for them to collaborate with Johnson. 

For one thing, Johnson's spent the last few years trying to carve out a career for himself as a legitimate actor and leading man. Why would he have wanted to associate himself with a company that was churning out badly-reviewed nonsense like Knucklehead or Inside Out?

Besides, he's a genuine A-list star who commands huge salaries. WWE mostly produces low-budget straight-to-DVD movies and its doubtful the company could, or would, want to pay him millions of dollars to feature in a film.

At least this way, they'll be splitting the bill with movie company Hyde Park Entertainment.

This news could also be seen as a sign of WWE Studios' growing clout in Hollywood. Thanks to to the phenomenal success of low-budget thriller The Call, it appears the once-struggling movie division is now firmly on the map in the industry.