Dwayne Johnson has congratulated Avengers: Infinity War on its box office victory while also teasing a movie team-up with costar Chris Pratt. The Rock enjoyed a short-lived reign atop the box office with his video game movie Rampage before Infinity War hit the scene, but will soon be back for more. In fact, the ever prolific Johnson already has another action/thriller scheduled to hit theaters around two months from now. The film in question, Skyscraper, is an original feature inspired by classics of the genre like The Towering Inferno, Die Hard, and even The Fugitive according to The Rock himself.
Skyscraper is Johnson's second film with writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber after 2016's Central Intelligence; a buddy action/comedy featuring The Rock and his eventual Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle costar Kevin Hart. Thurber and Johnson are already planning a return to the action/comedy world with their third original project together, in the form of Red Notice. While Johnson is the only actor officially cast in the film at the moment, it seems The Rock may already have a teammate in mind.
Johnson took to Instagram this weekend to post a video congratulating the cast and crew of Infinity War on defeating Rampage and enjoying a record-breaking box office opening around the globe. Never one to miss the chance to promote his own brand, The Rock also teased that he has "an idea" for a future project that involves Infinity War's own Star-Lord, aka. Pratt. You can watch said video in the space below.
Every crazy movie idea/goal/ambition/dirty joke, goes up on my vision board inside the hallowed walls of the #IronParadise. Congrats AVENGERS on a huge box office opening worldwide! And THANK YOU fans for voicing your wants. As always, listening to you is my #1 priority - delivering for you is my #1 goal. I like the sound of it. Could be a cool movie.. a big movie.. a FUN movie. I have an idea. #RockPratt @prattprattpratt
Details on Red Notice are being kept largely under wraps for now, but the film reportedly revolves around an Interpol agent (Johnson) hunting the world's most wanted art thief. With a 2020 release date in place, it stands to reason that Red Notice has The Rock's attention at the moment and is the potential team-up with Pratt that he's referencing here. That in turn indicates that The Rock wants the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star to play said master criminal in the film.
Assuming that's the case, Red Notice could end up being a match-off between the two A-listers in the vein of modern genre classics like Inside Man and Heat. Of course, since both Johnson and Pratt have a knack for blending action and humor, one imagines that an onscreen showdown between the pair would be a bit more playful than, say, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro matching wits in Michael Mann's crime drama Heat. The fact that Red Notice is described as being an action/comedy further supports that idea.
Johnson has been teaming up with actors onscreen since 2003's The Rundown, but of late the formula has become his bread and butter. That trend will continue with the two films that Johnson is set to shoot this year (Disney's Jungle Cruise and Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw) and on into the two movies that he's already gearing up to shoot next year (Jumanji 3 and Red Notice). Whether it's on Red Notice or another film entirely, Johnson pairing up with Pratt sounds like a fun addition to The Rock's growing list of tag-team efforts.
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- Skyscraper (2018) release date: Jul 13, 2018
- Untitled Fast & Furious Spinoff/Hobbs & Shaw (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019