13 years later and both Peter Berg and Dwayne Johnson are still looking to revisit The Rundown. The original 2003 action/comedy was one of the movies that helped jump-start Johnson's career, even though it wasn't a massive success at the time. The movie was received well and he has gone onto become a huge star since, and now it looks like The Rundown 2 may happen if he and Berg can get the right pieces in place, namely Jonah Hill.
Collider recently caught up with Peter Berg at the Toronto International Film Festival where he talked a bit about his desire to make The Rundown 2 happen. He mentioned that he originally wanted to do the movie with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, but now he wants Superbad star Jonah Hill to star alongside The Rock. Here is what he had to say about it.
"We've been talking about it. You know, I wanted to do it with Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. If I could get Jonah Hill, I'd do it tomorrow. If I could get Dwayne and Jonah Hill, I'd do it tomorrow. Anything's possible. We want to do it, it's just hard to get everybody, you know. It's on our minds. We actually wrote a script. But I want Jonah Hill, so reach out to Jonah. Pressure Jonah to do it. If Jonah Hill would do it, I'm in."
Dwayne Johnson has since gone on to become arguably the biggest, and busiest, movie star on the planet in the years following The Rundown. We recently reported that the actor's busy schedule is potentially going to delay the third installment of the G.I. Joe franchise, but that isn't going to keep The Rock from getting our hopes up. He took to Twitter following Peter Berg's comments to confirm that he is indeed interested in doing the movie and that he loves the idea of adding Jonah Hill. He also had a bit of a title suggestion as well. Here is what he had to say.
"Down with this exclusive. Luv Jonah! The original title of The Rundown was #HellDorado. We should call it that.."
The Rundown is a very well-liked movie and has maintained a following in the years since its release. The problem with getting a sequel off the ground, aside from Dwayne Johnson's schedule and Jonah Hill's pending involvement, is that the first movie was far from a box office success. One might even call it close to a bomb. The Rundown had a reported budget of $85 million and only earned $80 million worldwide. Those numbers don't exactly justify a sequel on their own, but Johnson has become one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and with a supporting cast that would possibly include Jonah Hill, it would be a very different situation.
Peter Berg's schedule looks like it could be freeing up. His latest movie Deepwater Horizon is about to hit theaters and he is already in post-production on his next movie Patriot's Day. After that, it looks to be free and clear. Dwayne Johnson on the other hand has a packed schedule for the next couple of years with little time for additional projects, but if anyone can will something into existence, it is The Rock and his insane work ethic. Perhaps if Jonah Hill says yes the ball will actually get rolling on The Rundown 2, or Helldorado, if Johnson has it his way.