Dwayne Johnson Attached to ‘Teddy Bear’ Adventure Movie

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 2nd, 2013 at 5:55 am,

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Dwayne Johnson always keeps you guessing with his career choices – from his early 2000s action roles (Walking Tall, Doom) to the mid-2000s indie film phase (Be Cool, Southland Tales) to the late-2000s family film phase (Tooth Fairy). Luckily the Fast and Furious 6 star has returned to big-budget action and/or comedy (Pain & Gain), with big budget epics on the docket for 2013 (Hercules).

Today Johnson keeps us guessing yet again, as he is producing and could star in a new film tentatively titled Teddy Bear, which tells the story of the titular cuddly companions’ real purpose in the world; fight monsters hiding under children’s beds, naturally.

As strange (or… awesome?) as that premise sounds, the story of how the film got pitched is even better. THR reports that software engineer-turned-fantasy artist Alex Panagopoulos drew a concept image with a tagline for the film’s concept; it was enough to get the attention of Hiram Garcia, a former assistant of Dwayne Johnson, who brought the sketch to producer Beau Flynn, who (through his FlynnPictureCo. imprint) brought the concept to the trio’s  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island studio, New Line – with all three (Johnson, Flynn and Garcia) attached as producers. No writer is attached, but the plan is reportedly to make the sort of adventure film that will appeal to a wide demographic of moviegoers.

Check out the sketch by Alex Panagopoulos below:


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Of course, any mention of a project like this immediately draws comparisons to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, which became a $500 million megahit this past summer. Both projects obviously involve teddy bears as protagonists – and to certain extent, it’s easy to see how both utilize the iconic stuffed companion as a metaphor for aspects of childhood. That said, a family-friendly crowd-pleaser blockbuster adventure is a lot different than a raunchy R-rated comedy. Take out the similar protagonist, and you’re pretty much left with apples and oranges.

More to the point: who doesn’t want to see a teddy bear battling fearsome monsters? If you’re anything like me, that image above fills your head with all sorts of wonderful ideas that could be explored in a movie. Where do the monsters come from? How did the teddy bears get the job of protecting kids from them? Is there more to that plush little guy’s power than his dinky little sword and shield? Etc…

This story seems to developing fast, so we’ll keep you up to date about Teddy Bear as more info comes in.

Sources: Alex Panagopoulos, THR & AICN

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  1. The picture you have of the Dwayne on this article should have a teddy bear in the background and you have a movie.

  2. That’s actually an awesome way to pitch an idea.

  3. Live action with high-end CGI for the Teddy Bears could make this a great flick. Add just enough creepiness to make the kids watching it huddle a bit (think Goonies level freights) and we’re golden.

  4. Im more interested in the monster designs. especially after looking at that pic. the monsters could be pretty creepy. and then you have this magical teddy bear (or sci-fi ish?) fighting them.

    • Needs to be an animated film

  5. make it more like TED in how it looks. Live action with CHI to make the bear come alive, while still looking like a toy. Dwayne Johnson should be the voice of the Bear, i’m tired of him appearing in childrens films. The novelty of a big manly man in a kiddy movie has worn thin, fast. Having him as the voice gets the benefit of his name in the film and not actually showing him/distorting his image.

    other than that, it looks good.

  6. This is the kind of thing that makes me shake my head when I hear that Dwayne is going to be in a new movie >.< Also from that image that teddy bear is probably going to end up looking like TED.

    Yeah by the way this seems like a bad movie idea.

  7. This sounds a little like Toy Story. But only with teddy bears that kick ass.

  8. think it could work live action or animated but i’d like to see an ultra real style live action more so because the animation might pg it up a bit too much

  9. I was going to post an ironic.. “Ooh, I can’t wait for this!”, but then I looked at the picture. For some reason I am now genuinely eager for more!

  10. I like it. The Rock staring in it, even in voice only, would be cool. I’m on board!

  11. Look up the comic Lions, tigers, and bears , it’s already been done in comic book form and is really good a better story line then the Rock as a Teddy bear , just a great idea that already has been done and destroying it I hate Hollywood

  12. Some student have already made this into a video. http://vimeo.com/57285044