Dwayne Johnson has a new movie out this weekend — the video game adaptation Rampage — but while promoting that release he’s also been talking about future projects. Find updates on four of his biggest forthcoming projects below.
David Leitch to directthe Fast and the Furious spin-off:
One of the most anticipated movies in Johnson’s future is the spin-off to the Fast and the Furious series focused on his and Jason Statham’s characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. Following the duo’s scenes as bickering rivals in The Fate of the Furious, fans have been longing for more of just the two of them, and Universal is really going to make it happen.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie (rumored to be titled Hobbs and Shaw) has officially found its director in David Leitch, the former stunt person turned helmer of Atomic Blonde, John Wick (with Chad Stahelski) and the upcoming Deadpool 2. What can we expect from the movie besides the obvious? Johnson told Fandango this week that the script is great, but all you need to know is that Statham is going to take a serious beating. Is he just instigating some fun promotional beef? Watch below.
— Fandango (@Fandango) April 12, 2018
One More Year for Black Adam:
Another character of his we haven’t yet seen, despite him technically being cast in the role more than a decade ago, is Black Adam. But someday we’ll see the DC supervillain on screen, Johnson promises. The actor recently told Yahoo Entertainment the following:
The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it…If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie.
Presumably he means a 2019 production, as in the solo Black Adam feature will start shooting sometime next year. Whether we can expect to see the character before then is unsure. Fans are still holding out hope Johnson will make a cameo in Shazam!, which is currently filming. Black Adam is the archnemesis of the film’s title superhero, after all. He also has been rumored as a possibility for Suicide Squad 2, which might begin shooting later this year.
Regardless, the delay on Black Adam is for the benefit of the movie, ultimately. Johnson told Yahoo:
It’s this phenomenal opportunity for us to nail the tone and make sure he’s badass…Also we have intrinsic DNA tied to a lot of other properties in DC.
Johnson also told Yahoo that part of the delay has been because of Marvel’s success:
Marvel is doing such an incredible job of universe building … and DC is doing a great job finding the footing and tone of their movies.
Ironically, Johnson has had the part of Black Adam as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has existed. So the build up there is tremendous. Hopefully, the phrase ‘better late than never’ will apply.
Doc Savage is stuck:
Another iconic character Johnson has been set to play is Doc Savage, a pulp 1930s hero bred by scientists to be the perfect specimen of strength and intelligence. We could now apparently use such a smart and mighty hero to figure out the logistics of getting the movie on track, since Johnson told Collider the project, set to be made by Shane Black, has hit a snag. He says:
First of all, I love Shane Black and we’ve had multiple meetings on that project that we were going to work on. Right now, Shane’s doing things. I’m doing things. That project had a few issues, not creative issues but more so business affairs issues — where the project once was, who had rights to it, where we were trying to move it to. There was a lot of that, which we’re still kind of working through. At the end of the day, Shane’s such a spectacular writer or director, but whether it’s that project or something else, we’ve made a pact that we’re going to work together at some point in our careers.
Another Jumanji is officially happening:
Johnson maintained his reputation as a good luck charm for franchises recently with the enormous success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. While out promoting Rampage, he learned that another movie is now officially happening with him and the rest of the main cast, so he excitedly took to Instagram to share the news.
And Johnson also wanted to say that Statham isn’t the only co-star about to get whooped (watch out, Kevin Hart). Watch the social media video:
It’s official: Last night you made JUMANJI, Sony’s biggest movie ever. EVER. Previous record held by SpiderMan. My #1 goal is always giving the audience what they want and always sending ya home happy. Working on the sequel now, so bye bye @kevinhart4real’s character. ?????? Love y’all ???? and THANK YOU. #JUMANJI #SonysBiggestMovieEver #Grateful
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