After their collaborative global success on Sony’s $1.76 billion grossing Jumanji movies, director Jake Kasdan is getting back in business with Dwayne Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions for a holiday movie with Amazon Studios, previously titled Red One.
Deadline told you in June about Johnson’s attachment to the project, which Amazon won in a competitive bidding war. The studio is developing the feature off an original story by Hiram Garcia, President of Production at Seven Bucks Productions.
The movie is billed as a globe-trotting, four-quadrant action-adventure comedy, imagining a whole new universe within the holiday genre. The hope here is that this concept will reach beyond a tentpole movie, across multiple industries and businesses in the Amazon fold. The pic aims to shoot in 2022 with a 2023 holiday release.
Kasdan will also produce the movie on behalf of his production company, The Detective Agency, alongside Melvin Mar and co-producer Sky Salem Robinson. Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made over $962M WW while the sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level grossed over $800M WW.
Kasdan previously directed and produced the feature comedies Walk Hard and Bad Teacher, which he also executive produced. On the TV side, Kasdan and Mar’s credits include New Girl for Fox, Fresh Off the Boat for ABC, and the newly launched Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. for Disney+.
Hiram Garcia, Johnson and Dany Garcia will produce on behalf of Seven Bucks Productions. Chris Morgan will pen the script and produce on behalf of Chris Morgan Productions. Morgan has been a frequent collaborator with Seven Bucks, including Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, and Fast Five. In all, Morgan has authored seven installments in the franchise, his association beginning with the third film, Tokyo Drift.
Johnson, the Garcias, Seven Bucks Productions, and Mar are represented by WME. Kasdan is represented by WME and Sloss Eckhouse Dasti Haynes LawCo. Morgan is represented by ICM and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Next up for Johnson and Seven Bucks is the Netflix feature Red Notice starring the actor, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds which will hit select theaters on Nov. 5 and stream on Nov. 12.
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Dwayne Johnson Flexing Cross-Platform Muscles
NBC and E! announced the nominees for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday.
The film field was led by F9: The Fast Saga, which garnered eight nominations, including “Movie of 2021” and individual nods for Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and John Cena, the latter of whom got two each.
In TV, Marvel’s Loki conjured up five nominations, including “Show of 2021,” while Ted Lasso, This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy each had four.
Dwayne Johnson flexed his multiplatform muscles with three nominations across disciplines, including Male Movie Star of 2021 for Jungle Cruise, Male TV Star of 2021 for Young Rock and Social Star of 2021 for, apparently, his Instagram prowess.
As Johnson’s nominations make clear, the People’s Choice Awards celebrate all forms of entertainment, with winners chosen entirely by the people. In each of the 40 categories, fans worldwide can choose from eight nominees representing movies, television, music and pop culture, with voting opening today.
In 2021, the People’s Choice Awards will air simultaneously on NBC and E! for the first time. Both are produced by Den of Thieves with Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski serving as executive producers.
The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. E! will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Voting for the 40 categories runs today through Wednesday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can vote online or on Twitter.