Yes, apparently McG is still allowed to make movies. After the disastrous Terminator Salvation nearly killed that franchise for good – Annapurna Pictures head Megan Ellison stepped in and resurrected it – we hoped he’d just transition into a producer capacity, but the ridiculously-named director is at it again. THR reports that McG has roped Dwayne Johnson into his latest project – a film adaptation of a 1980s TV show called “The Fall Guy.”
The show starred Lee Majors as – get this – a stuntman by day and bounty hunter by night. Well, at least he isn’t a getaway driver. Apparently the studios have been trying to get this made for a long while, with a version led by Nicolas Cage making it close to shooting before falling apart a few years back. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) was set to direct that incarnation, but ended up bailing.
Look, if you’ve seen The Rundown – and hopefully all of you have – you already know that Johnson can play a bounty hunter. He can pull off this kind of role in his sleep at this point. I keep holding out hope that he’ll try his hand at a more serious role one of these days; that’s not to say I don’t want to see him in action movies anymore – quite the contrary – but I’d love to see him test himself as an actor, and I just don’t think working with McG is going to do that.
Hopefully Johnson’s charisma can keep this from being a straight up catastrophe, but we wouldn’t be disappointed if this one never made it through the gauntlet of Hollywood development and just simmered for a while before dying out completely. ’80s TV shows aren’t exactly breeding grounds for great creative content, and the adaptations thus far have been pretty middling. I love Joe Carnahan, but The A-Team wasn’t his best movie. Likewise, I really enjoyed some Stiller and Wilson back in the day, but Starsky and Hutch wasn’t a big success for them. We’ll see what kind of tone McG chooses to take with this one, but if Terminator Salvation is any indication, this movie could be looking for a fall guy of its own when all is said and done.
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