Legendary Wins Bidding War for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’

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Legendary has won a bidding war for rights to the China-set action movie “Skyscraper” with Dwayne Johnson attached to star.

Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing from his own script. Beau Flynn is producing through his FlynnPictureCo. with Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Thurber will also produce.

Universal, Sony and Paramount also made bids for the project, which takes place in a massive skyscraper in China, with Legendary paying about $3 million. Details of the logline are being kept under wraps.

Universal will handle distribution of “Skyscraper” worldwide. Legendary was acquired four months ago by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda for $3.5 billion.

Johnson and Flynn teamed on New Line’s “San Andreas,” which grossed more than $470 million worldwide, and on the two “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films.

Johnson will be seen next month with Kevin Hart in action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” which Thurber directed for New Line. Johnson recently wrapped shooting on “Baywatch” for Paramount.

Wendy Jacobson will oversee “Skyscraper” for FlynnPictureCo.

Legendary and Universal are partnered on the fantasy-adventure “Warcraft,” which is opening internationally starting this week and in China on June 8, and in U.S. two days later.

The companies are also producing another fantasy-adventure, “The Great Wall,” with Matt Damon starring and Zhang Yimou directing. The film will open in December in China and on Feb. 17 in the U.S.

Thurber also directed “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and “We’re the Millers.”

Johnson is repped by WME and Gang Tyre. Thurber is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.

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  1. DR. SMART says:

    Dalian Wanda is a Chinese communist government front operation as are all Chinese phony corporations no more than Chinas new breed of billionaires are Chinese communist government operatives creating a front to display to the outside capitalist world, in large part America. Everything from their fake productivity to their incredibly false and created non-existent box-office numbers does not make the communist empire of China a place to do real capitalist business. Bad, bad, bad, BAD move for Dwayne Johnson.

  2. AMERICA KILLS says:

    With every corporation in China a phony front for the communist ruling hierarchy and every financial figure out of China cooked insidiously by their communist masters and commanders, this sounds like another communist NYLAWood song and dance import show that America will never buy into. Autocracy is a dish best served cold and rancid, and it is.

    • Sabrina says:

      I feel like Team Johnson has so much momentum and positivity it can only help those matters, or help to bring about change. People are under such a control they can’t think to change it, and as far as your statement I agree.

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