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Dwayne Johnson Confirms THE JANSON DIRECTIVE, Tweets Screenwriter
It's considerably awesome seeing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson become one of the most entertaining and bankable actors working in film these days. The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and The Rundown were a huge jumpstart for the former wrestler whose move into film has since brought him in the throes of some of the biggest franchises to to date, including The Fast And The Furious saga and the G.I. Joe movies.
Despite his flexible willingness as an actor, he's particularly one that anyone would look forward to seeing in an action-packed story. Well, Universal Pictures announed its readiness to answer the call back in June when it was reported that Johnson was up for the lead role in new espionage thriller, The Janson Directive, based on the work of Jason Bourne author and creator, the late Robert Ludlum. This week however, the hulking actor took to Twitter to confirm his involvement in addition with that of screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman.
The Oscar-winning writer whose works also include Cinderella Man, I, Robot, I Am Legend and the current production of the second in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent, will be adapting the potential franchise upstarter based on Ludlum's series which centers on Paul Jason, a covert ops agency legend, forced into an epic cat-and-mouse chess game when he himself becomes a "beyond salvage" death target of the highest level of government following the fumbled rescue mission of billionaire philanthropist, Peter Novak at the hands of the mysterious terrorist, The Caliph. Goldsman was recently tapped to executive produce, as well as script TNT's upcoming pilot order for DC Comics property, Titans, with fellow scribe and co-executive producer, Marc Haimes.
Johnson is also on board to produce The Janson Directive. In the meantime, the actor will also be making his next appearance in the upcoming Fast And Furious 7 on April 3, 2015, as well as the forthcoming disaster epic, San Andreas, next year.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…