Dwayne Johnson is looking to “Snitch,” signing on to topline the long-in-development action/thriller with Exclusive Media Group and David Fanning producing.
Gordon Gray is also producing. Production is set to start in June.
Johnson will play the part of a working class hero who risks everything to save his son, who is falsely imprisoned. Ric Roman Waugh is on board to direct and is rewriting from a script by Justin Haythe.
Project was originally set up in 2004 by Spitfire Pictures partners Guy East and Nigel Sinclair with Haythe tapped to write “Snitch,” inspired by a PBS “Frontline” documentary about how a shift in U.S. drug laws toward federal mandatory sentencing minimums compelled the guilty to snitch on others.
Since then, Spitfire’s become a subsidiary of Exclusive Media with Sinclair as co-CEO and East as chairman of Exclusive Film Distribution.
Johnson will be seen next in “Fast Five” for Universal, opening April 29. He’s repped by CAA and attorney Harold Brown.
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