If you didn't already think that superstar Dwayne Johnson was busy enough, the A-list action icon just added yet another project to his growing slate. The actor has been attached to a new action-thriller entitled Skyscraper, which sparked a bidding war eventually won by Legendary Pictures. The actor is set to reunite with his Central Intelligence writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wrote the screenplay and direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary emerged victorious paying at least $3 million alone for Rawson Marshall Thurber's script. The writer is attached to direct, with Dwayne Johnson starring and producing alongside his longtime collaborator Beau Flynn, who he's worked with on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas, Hercules and next year's Baywatch, just to name a few. Legendary beat out bids from Universal, Sony and Paramount after this script hit the market earlier this week.
The story will take place in China, described as a Die Hard-type action-thriller that takes place in a "mega-skyscraper" inside the country. The project is said to have shades of disater classics like The Towering Inferno, although no details were given about what character The Rock will be playing. Universal Pictures will distribute through its deal with Legendary Pictures.
Rawson Marshall Thurber will also produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Beau Flynn, with Wendy Jacobson overseeing the project for Beau Flynn's FlynnPictureCo. This project marks the second script sale of over $3 million in the past few months. Back in March, Netflix won a similar bidding war for Max Landis' script Bright, with the streaming servicing paying $3 million for the script and committing $90 million for the budget. Will Smith has been attached to star, with David Ayer (Suicide Squad) set to direct.
No production schedule was given for Skyscraper, and it isn't clear if Legendary and Universal are targeting a release date. Dwayne Johnson is currently reprising his role as Hobbs in Fast & Furious 8 and he will start filming the highly-anticipated remake Jumanji this fall. Other projects on the actor's slate include San Andreas 2, the video game adaptation Rampage and a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. We'll keep you posted with more on Skyscraper as soon as more details are made available.