Netflix has officially acquired “Ball and Chain”, a superhero film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Oscar candidate Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”) writes the screenplay, adapted from Scott Lobdell’s 90s comic book. It follows a married couple who have relationship problems and who also have superpowers, but they only work properly when they are together.
Johnson and Blunt recently teamed up with Disney’s “Jungle Cruise”, a family adventure slated to hit theaters next year.
In addition to playing in “Ball and Chain”, Johnson and Blunt also produced the film. Johnson’s Seven Bucks banner with Dany and Hiram Garcia will help produce with Kevin Misher. Lobdell is executive producer with Andy Berman for Misher Films.
“One of our main initiatives at Seven Bucks is to continue to find the best platforms to tell stories that entertain and inspire globally,” said Johnson. “Netflix is the perfect partner to bring this epic superhero / romantic comedy experience to our side, and we are delighted to be back in business with the Netflix team. I am also delighted not only to be back with my dear friend Emily Blunt in front of the camera, but also to collaborate as production partners to bring the scenario of Emily V. Gordon to life. “
Johnson will then be seen in the Netflix action comedy “Red Notice” opposite Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.
Blunt will soon appear in “A Quiet Place Part II”, directed by her husband John Krasinski. Paramount had planned to release the film on March 18,. But postponed it to September 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the cinemas to close.
Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination with Kumail Nanjiani for the screenplay for “The Big Sick”, worked on the Apple TV Plus series “Little America”.
Johnson is replaced by WME, TGC Management and Gang Tire. Blunt is taken over by CAA and Sloane Offer. Gordon is replaced by UTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose. Lobdell is represented by A3 Artists Agency, Zero Gravity and Joan Vento-Hall