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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has more movies, TV shows in works

November 13, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 13--Just how much can one guy do -- even if that guy is action star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?

The graduate of Bethlehem Township's Freedom High School, who just finished a six-month shoot playing the title character in the movie "Hercules," jumped right into filming of "Fast & Furious 7." Now, he's attached to several more projects, according to Hollywoodreporter.com.

Johnson is scheduled to produce and star in "Seal Team 666," based on the Weston Ochse book about a group of Navy Seals who battle a supernatural enemy.

Hollywood Reporter also says Johnson is in negotiations to star in a big-screen remake of the ABC series "The Fall Guy," which ran from 1981 to 1986. The TV show starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who also did bounty hunter work.

And Johnson will also star in a 3D earthquake movie, "San Andreas." Johnson will play a rescue helicopter pilot who searches for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California.

TNT also recently announced it approved a new series starring and executive-produced by Johnson. In the tentatively titled "Wake Up Call," Johnson will help everyday people who are facing challenges in their lives. TNT has ordered eight one-hour episodes of "Wake Up Call," set to premiere next year.

And Johnson reportedly also will play the lead role in New Line Cinema's action movie "Dan Minter: Badass For Hire."

Johnson, who attended Freedom in 11th and 12th grades, this summer produced and starred in the reality competition series "The Hero," which garnered respectable ratings with 1.5 million viewers.

The former Miami Hurricane football player also is producing "Ballers," a TV movie about Miami athletes that will air next year. And he's slated to appear in "Wrestlemania XXX" on April 6 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

As if that's not enough, Johnson also is scheduled to star in New Line's "Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon," a sequel to "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."

And IMDB.com also lists him as in development on "Lore," an adaptation of a graphic novel written by Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise about shepherds who herd mythical creatures; "Marco Polo, a Young Man in Love," about a European adventurer who becomes involved with the Chinese empire of Kublai Khan," "Monster Hunter's Survival Guide," a live action-adventure film based on a comic book miniseries by John Paul Russ, the comedy "Take My Wife," a collaboration with Tyler Perry, the fantasy family movie "Teddy Bear" and a biopic of country music star Charley Pride.

kathy.lauer@mcall.com

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