Natural disasters have long been a go-to source of inspiration for Hollywood. The appeal is obvious, as the sub-genre lends itself to impressive visuals, an ensemble cast and the potential for massive box office returns. By now, seeing global landmarks destroyed by whichever instrument of nature’s wrath (i.e. tornado, volcano, asteroid, etc.) is providing the threat has become incredibly commonplace, but while audiences have seen virtually all manner of natural disaster play out onscreen, they’ve never seen Dwayne Johnson tackle them.

Johnson, of course, has been one of the most in-demand action stars of the past decade. In the past year alone, he’s starred in Fast & Furious 6 (a role he’ll reprise in next year’s sequel), Snitch, Empire State, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Pain & Gain. Those credits alone demonstrate that Johnson isn’t afraid of keeping his schedule jam-packed as well as stretching his muscles across a number of variations on his action hero persona. In keeping with that, the actor – who is considered by many to be one of the heirs apparent to the Schwarzenegger crown as leading action star of his generation – is a perfect fit for the natural disaster genre. That makes today’s news especially encouraging.

According to The Wrap, Johnson is close to signing a deal to star in San Andreas for New Line. He will play a father who travels across California to rescue his daughter following a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles. The film – which is being eyed for a 3D release – will be directed by Brad Peyton, who worked with Johnson on the 2012 family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Carey and Chad Hayes (The Conjuring) wrote the most recent version of the screenplay, though it’s unclear if new writers will be brought onboard before production begins.

Word is that the studio is envisioning San Andreas as the first in a proposed series of films. Johnson certainly has his share of experience lending a boost to existing series (most notably the Fast and Furious series), but this would presumably be the first time he would lead his own, seeing as he didn’t appear in either of the direct-to-video sequels to The Scorpion King. That being said, the prospect of centering a film on an L.A. in crisis has been done time and again. There’s little in this cursory description of San Andreas to make us think that the film will be anything groundbreaking story-wise, but with the right cast and crew behind it, there’s no reason it has to be.

Johnson clearly has developed a rapport with Peyton. The director was previously attached to the now-defunct Lobo film based on the DC Comics anti-hero, and the pair reportedly may re-team for Journey 3. Perhaps there’s reason to believe that San Andreas may turn out to be an exciting action film that – buoyed by the charisma of Johnson and a few more familiar faces – could make for a fun time at the theater.

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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on San Andreas.

Source: The Wrap