Dwayne Johnson Teams With McG For ‘The Fall Guy’

By September 5, 2013


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.

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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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