Dwayne Johnson Eyes 'Fall Guy' Movie

Dwayne Johnson

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? It smells like Lee Majors' leftovers, but it could still end up being pretty tasty. Variety reports that Dwayne Johnson is in talks to star in a big-screen version of The Fall Guy, the hit ABC series that Majors starred in from 1981-86, with McG also in talks to direct.

Given that it's a meat-and-potatoes action flick starring a well-muscled dude who knows his way around an explosion and a well-timed quip, it should not surprise you to learn that WWE Studios is behind all this; the studio that brought you John Cena in The Marine (and had a hand in earlier Johnson vehicles like The Scorpion King and The Rundown) is co-financing the project with Hyde Park, with an apparent eye toward building yet another franchise around the G.I. Joe/Fast and Furious star.

While it may not be the first TV series that springs to mind when one considers shows that might benefit from a trip to the big screen, there's no denying that The Fall Guy -- about a stuntman (named Colt Seavers!) who moonlights as a bounty hunter -- wouldn't require much in the way of retrofitting in order to make a perfectly serviceable, utterly Rock-like action picture with plenty of sequel potential. Add in a script from Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, Top Gun 2) and you've got yourself a fat, buttery ticket to that 18-35 white male demographic the studios are always so busy trying to impress.

One potential hangup could be scheduling, what with Johnson set to star in a number of big-budget films at any given moment, but with a setup this simple and a star who has such a long history with the studio, we're betting this is one deal that gets done quickly.

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