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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.
The past few weeks have been stirring the fan fervor a bit between Wu Jing's current Hong Kong run with hit sequel, Wolf Warrior 2, as well as Donnie Yen in lieu of his upcoming crime drama, Chasing The Dragon. Both names circulated the rumormill in hyperbolic fanboy fashion next to that of action star Jet Li (League Of Gods) who himself scaled back substantially on physically demanding roles in recent years due to his own health.
Whatever the case may be now, of course there's a photo flying around on social media with no context to it whatsoever, and doing nothing to ease the curiousity with specifics. For this, we now have some much-needed clarity with news of the new shortfilm, Master, now in production with Yen, Wu and Li involved. Unknown are the respective degrees of involvement while it is also reported that Jack Ma invited the trio to work together on this project.
Regarding the above photo, it was taken with congratulations to Yen in the wake of his recent fourteen-…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
Three years, two films and more than a global gross of $171 million dollars later, the fact is there's no way that the John Wick film saga was not getting third installment. That became clearer last October as well as back in June with reports of Derek Kolstad returning to pen the script; Chad Stahelski's involvement was still being ironed out even after sharing the helm with 87Eleven partner David Leitch for the 2014 original and debuting as a solo director on the sequel.
For this, we have new trade updates over at Deadline officiating Stahelski's return for John Wick: Chapter Three which now has an official release date set for May 17, 2019. Casting remains pending while the most obvious of the reprising bunch will be that of actor Keanu Reeves whose portrayal of the title character - a stoic hitman forced to violently broker his wishful exit from the highly-organized criminal underworld regulated by a self-sustaining global syndicate known as The Continental, which its…