In the real world, Dwayne Johnson is probably an excellent person to have around in the event of a disaster. He’s huge, so he can lift rubble and pry open elevator doors. He’s smart, so he won’t send all the survivors off to die in some dumb plan. And he’s funny, so you’ll at least laugh will the world collapses around you.
In the movie world, though, Dwayne Johnson is basically the only person you need to have around in the event of a disaster. He’s a superhero without any superpowers. Earthquakes, car crashes, monsters, you name it, Johnson can survive it. And soon we’ll be able to add another challenge to the list, thanks to Skyscraper, in which he plays a man fighting through a futuristic skyscraper to save his family trapped on the top floor.
This isn’t just a simple The Towering Inferno rehash, though. There’s apparently a lot more going on, as per the official synopsis:
“Dwayne Johnson plays a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.”
Skyscraper will be written and directed by his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber. There are no other cast members attached at this point, but it does have a July 12, 2018 release date. Here’s what Johnson had to say about the project:
BREAKING: Grateful to share this big news. Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures have declared JULY 13th 2018 SKYSCRAPER weekend. Massive scale of a movie we’ve been developing for almost two years and we start shooting this August – in CHINA. Our script, written and to be directed by Rawson Thurber, focuses on the world’s largest skyscraper – that’s on fire. A towering inferno almost a mile into the sky and my wife and kids are trapped on the top floor. My character is a disabled US War Vet and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader. This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes I’ve had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the every day man and woman who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family. Research for this film has been a real education for me (and that’s saying a lot considering my horrible freshman year GPA) from meeting with the world’s top skyscraper architects to spending amazing time with our US combat and disabled vets. Good thing I’m not afraid of heights. But at 4,000ft it’s a different story. Let’s get to work. #CHINA #SevenBucksProds #FlynnPicturesCo #Zhao #SKYSCRAPER JULY 13th 2018
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