After experiencing a period where he slipped out of relevancy a bit due to his following of the terrible advice to slim down, stop wrestling, and concentrate on making family comedies, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has found himself in the midst of an amazing career resurgence recently. He’s beefed up bigger than he’s ever been before, he’s making louder, more violent action movies than he ever has before, and he’s become a bigger star than he’s ever been as a result.
This year alone Johnson has already appeared in Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, and Furious 6, and each one has been a success to one degree or another. It’s especially when he’s in the big budget blockbusters, like G.I. Joe and the Fast & Furious movies, that studios tend to see a big return on their investment in this guy though, so New Line is reportedly trying to keep the good relationship they’ve got with the star going by making him the face of a brand new disaster tentpole.
The news comes from Variety, who report that Johnson is set to star in a new film called San Andreas. The story here is predictably said to be about a large earthquake that hits California, but the specifics of the plot will see the character played by Johnson needing to somehow make his way through the post-quake devastation in order to rescue his estranged daughter—who is likely going to be a snotty brat at the beginning of the movie, but will then grow increasingly more appreciative of her father as a person once she sees how useful his huge guns are in a crisis situation, if viewings of past films with similar plots have taught us anything.
The first draft of the script was put together by a writer named Carlton Cuse, but more recently the film has gotten a rewrite from The Conjuring scribes Carey and Chad Hayes. Hopefully they’ve been able to come up with a plausible scenario where a massive earthquake would be able to provide enough of a challenge for a superman as jacked and motivated as The Rock to struggle with. It would be kind of a bore to just watch him easily laying the smack down on rioters and rubble for two hours. Brad Peyton, who Johnson worked with on Journey 2, is set to direct. This is good news, because he’s one of the directors who has seemed to realize that the sweatier The Rock gets over the course of a movie, the better his performance gets. If all goes according to plan, production on this one will begin somewhere toward the beginning of 2014.