We first reported on this project way back in September 2008, when brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo signed on to write the screenplay and direct. The project is based on the graphic novel they both wrote with Ande Parks, which centers on a mercenary (Dwayne Johnson) who is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Brazilian drug lord. Here's what both Anthony Russo and Joe Russo had to say about the project in a statement.
"Exploring genre has always been a driving motivation for us as filmmakers. This movie is the culmination of a long time ambition to bring our sensibilities to an action thriller."
Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce for Emmett/Furla Films, alongside Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin. This will be the first feature directorial project for Anthony Russo and Joe Russo since You, Me and Dupree in 2006. They have been keeping busy on the small screen as executive producers and directors for NBC's Community and ABC's Happy Endings.