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The Rock in Space

09.17.2008

Well, I guess it's official. Dwayne "The Rock No More" Johnson will not be stepping in as a savior to help fill the dreaded void of Modern Action Heroes. Dwayne has instead gone the way of the Mouse.

Yep, Johnson is all about Disney. After the resounding, depressing success of his kid-flick THE GAME PLAN, the ex-rassler has hopped on more family-friendly fare like RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, the upcoming THE TOOTH FAIRY, and a possible SHAZAM flick.

And now the home of Mickey wants to thrust forward another piece of its theme park as an intended movie franchise riding the wake of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, ripping up a whole chunk of real estate for TOMORROWLAND, based on the Magic Kingdom's futuristic area where Space Mountain resides.

No further details on the project were offered other than writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are knocking out an "epic-sized action adventure set in space" as a starring vehicle for Johnson. If ya smell what PLUTO NASH is cookin'.

R.I.P., The Rock. Thanks for... well, THE RUNDOWN. Maybe THE SCORPION KING.

Extra Tidbit: So who's left for Action guys? Let's see, there's Jason Statham... umm...
Source: Variety

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12:41PM on 09/19/2008
The Rock pisses me off. I want a sequel to The Rundown and I don't think I'll get it.
The Rock pisses me off. I want a sequel to The Rundown and I don't think I'll get it.
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6:41AM on 09/19/2008
Why the HELL has NO ONE mentioned Be Cool yet? Yes, as a sequel, that movie sucked. Get Shorty was MUCH better and for the most part, Be Cool wasn't on the same caliber, BUT, The Rock was absolutely HILARIOUS. the dude had the guts to play a gay body guard to a wigger Vince Vaugn!

The Rock is a good guy, he's not an asshole, a prick, or full of himself. He's an all around good guy and if he enjoys making kid friendly movies than what the hell is the big deal?

The onyl reason he had his
Why the HELL has NO ONE mentioned Be Cool yet? Yes, as a sequel, that movie sucked. Get Shorty was MUCH better and for the most part, Be Cool wasn't on the same caliber, BUT, The Rock was absolutely HILARIOUS. the dude had the guts to play a gay body guard to a wigger Vince Vaugn!

The Rock is a good guy, he's not an asshole, a prick, or full of himself. He's an all around good guy and if he enjoys making kid friendly movies than what the hell is the big deal?

The onyl reason he had his action stint in the theaters was he was fresh out of Wrestling and producers capitalized on this.

Cut him some slack.
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8:03PM on 09/18/2008
ive enjoyed the rock in anything hes been in. im not sure we need a family friendly space adventure. Although if it was in the vein of WALL-E i might be down.
ive enjoyed the rock in anything hes been in. im not sure we need a family friendly space adventure. Although if it was in the vein of WALL-E i might be down.
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3:46PM on 09/18/2008
To be fair, "The Pacifier" did okay at the box office, but Diesel didn't stick with the kids, and now he needs a hit bad.

The Rock at least knows what makes money.

Jason Statham's a different kind of action star to begin with, in that he's not as buff and he's a does martial arts. Diesel and Johnson were more along the lines of wannabe Stallones and Schwarzeneggers, while the Brit's more of a Seagal or Van Damme. Dunno if that's a more desirable position or not, considering.

The sort
To be fair, "The Pacifier" did okay at the box office, but Diesel didn't stick with the kids, and now he needs a hit bad.

The Rock at least knows what makes money.

Jason Statham's a different kind of action star to begin with, in that he's not as buff and he's a does martial arts. Diesel and Johnson were more along the lines of wannabe Stallones and Schwarzeneggers, while the Brit's more of a Seagal or Van Damme. Dunno if that's a more desirable position or not, considering.

The sort of action star I liked growing up was Harrison Ford, and there are plenty of actors who can do THAT sort of action.
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1:33PM on 09/18/2008

SAD

Look what happened to Vin Diesel with the Pacifier! Food for thought there Rock.
Look what happened to Vin Diesel with the Pacifier! Food for thought there Rock.
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11:12AM on 09/18/2008
Ill pass judgement on this movie until I see whether or not it will be more like Pirates or if it will be like the Haunted Mansion.
Ill pass judgement on this movie until I see whether or not it will be more like Pirates or if it will be like the Haunted Mansion.
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10:13AM on 09/18/2008

Yikes! well Maybe

Well I can see why he would do this. Granted I really liked the Rundown well the Start of it, but the movie really couldn't top the start. I'm not sure if the rock has a family, but probably doing this so his kid or family can enjoy his movies. As for any new action guys left, fear not they will come out of the wood work just like all the past action superstars.
Well I can see why he would do this. Granted I really liked the Rundown well the Start of it, but the movie really couldn't top the start. I'm not sure if the rock has a family, but probably doing this so his kid or family can enjoy his movies. As for any new action guys left, fear not they will come out of the wood work just like all the past action superstars.
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9:20AM on 09/18/2008
Dwayne needs to play the "Boulder" in the The Last Airbender movies coming up. Get back to an awesome "rassler" role, except....hurtling rocks at children, and causing Earthquakes with his feet.

good stuff.
Dwayne needs to play the "Boulder" in the The Last Airbender movies coming up. Get back to an awesome "rassler" role, except....hurtling rocks at children, and causing Earthquakes with his feet.

good stuff.
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8:55AM on 09/18/2008
Do more action Dwayne! PLEASE?!
Do more action Dwayne! PLEASE?!
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8:27AM on 09/18/2008
Did you mention Space Mountain? Whoooooooooooooooooo!
Did you mention Space Mountain? Whoooooooooooooooooo!
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7:51AM on 09/18/2008
I think that his last name says it all, Johnson. Because he is a major Johnson!
His films all suck and his acting ability is on par with a pet rock. The guy sucks.
Go back to fake wrestling dude.
I think that his last name says it all, Johnson. Because he is a major Johnson!
His films all suck and his acting ability is on par with a pet rock. The guy sucks.
Go back to fake wrestling dude.
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7:31AM on 09/18/2008

Let him be..

I think The Rock, er..Dwayne Johnson I mean, wants to "grow" as an actor and not fall into the typecast-trap that could send him into Straight-to-DVD Land e.g. Dolph Lungren, Van Damme and Steven Seagal (::sigh:: really feel sorry for these guys). I suppose its action, schm-action to him. In meantime let's go with the 'can-do' action heroes we have, like:

-Mark Wahlberg
-Keanu Reeves
-Leonardo Dicaprio (loved Blood Diamonds & i'm sure he could kick way more ass if given the
I think The Rock, er..Dwayne Johnson I mean, wants to "grow" as an actor and not fall into the typecast-trap that could send him into Straight-to-DVD Land e.g. Dolph Lungren, Van Damme and Steven Seagal (::sigh:: really feel sorry for these guys). I suppose its action, schm-action to him. In meantime let's go with the 'can-do' action heroes we have, like:

-Mark Wahlberg
-Keanu Reeves
-Leonardo Dicaprio (loved Blood Diamonds & i'm sure he could kick way more ass if given the chance)
-Jamie Foxx (Yeah, thats right! I thought Miami Vice & The Kingdom ROCKED!!)
-Christian Bale
-Shia Lebeouf (..? LOL!)
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7:22AM on 09/18/2008
See? The curse of the coach role. Told y'all...
See? The curse of the coach role. Told y'all...
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3:41AM on 09/18/2008
Big deal. Guy found his niche. His action films are fucking horrible. I took my nephew to see Game Plan and I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. He should stick to what he's best at, seeing how he sucks at action.
Big deal. Guy found his niche. His action films are fucking horrible. I took my nephew to see Game Plan and I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. He should stick to what he's best at, seeing how he sucks at action.
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3:16AM on 09/18/2008

sigh

anything with The Rock in it is a bad idea and has me millions of miles away. I mean, seriously, does anybody really like the guy as an actor? His list of movies are such pieces of shit. From Doom, to the rundown, to the god awful epic piece of shit southland tales, to even the game plan and the scorpion king. Jesus christ.. that's enough Rock to go around. Come to think of it, that's a bit too much of The Rock. (who I refuse to ever call Dwayne Johnson)
anything with The Rock in it is a bad idea and has me millions of miles away. I mean, seriously, does anybody really like the guy as an actor? His list of movies are such pieces of shit. From Doom, to the rundown, to the god awful epic piece of shit southland tales, to even the game plan and the scorpion king. Jesus christ.. that's enough Rock to go around. Come to think of it, that's a bit too much of The Rock. (who I refuse to ever call Dwayne Johnson)
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2:02AM on 09/18/2008
A Tomorrowland movie could be cool, but i dont really think THE ROCK is a good choice, but i guess it depends on the part he plays.
A Tomorrowland movie could be cool, but i dont really think THE ROCK is a good choice, but i guess it depends on the part he plays.
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1:35AM on 09/18/2008

The modern action hero

Modern Action heroes:
1. Jason Statham
2. Vin Diesel
3. Tony Jaa
4. Gerard Butler
5. Maybe Daniel Craig

I realize Butler's only been in a handful of action flicks so far but he has a few more on the way, and whether or not you liked "300" I think we can agree that his role was inconic enough that it could launch him into an action career. As for Craig, Bond counts for something, and he's a much more action oriented Bond than most of his predecessors.

For the most part I agree with
Modern Action heroes:
1. Jason Statham
2. Vin Diesel
3. Tony Jaa
4. Gerard Butler
5. Maybe Daniel Craig

I realize Butler's only been in a handful of action flicks so far but he has a few more on the way, and whether or not you liked "300" I think we can agree that his role was inconic enough that it could launch him into an action career. As for Craig, Bond counts for something, and he's a much more action oriented Bond than most of his predecessors.

For the most part I agree with Call me Indiana. Today's movie going public expects quality writing and acting even in their action films. As a result you have forty something oscar nominees like Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp headlining summer blockbusters rather than bodybuilders/gymnasts who look the part but can't act.
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1:12AM on 09/18/2008
I'm with Kefner on this. If he doesn't want to do action films, fine, he doesn't want to do action films. He only made one good one in my opinion (THE RUNDOWN).

It's not the 80's anymore; where your action heroes would, more or less, play the same character in each flick and blow as much shit up as possible. Don't get me wrong, I grew up on those flicks and I love 'em to death, but let's be frank here; there's really not a call for that type of movie anymore.

Maybe it's because there
I'm with Kefner on this. If he doesn't want to do action films, fine, he doesn't want to do action films. He only made one good one in my opinion (THE RUNDOWN).

It's not the 80's anymore; where your action heroes would, more or less, play the same character in each flick and blow as much shit up as possible. Don't get me wrong, I grew up on those flicks and I love 'em to death, but let's be frank here; there's really not a call for that type of movie anymore.

Maybe it's because there is no definitive action hero anymore (other than Statham, of course). Maybe the action hero died with Schwarzenegger and Stallone and Van Damme. Maybe audiences have matured and they want more out of their action flicks. Look at the BOURNE movies. Yeah, it had some awesome action, but they also had great stories and interesting characters.

Who knows? Personally, I don't think Johnson is done with action. And are we really going to put our hopes in one person? That's silly. Vin Diesel looks to be making a comeback (I hope!) and who's to say there's not some action hero out there waiting to be found?
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12:19AM on 09/18/2008
After years of football, wrestling, and action flicks, the guy is probably tired of going home at the end of the day feeling like he was beat all over with a baseball bat. I seriously doubt we have seen the last of "The Rock" in action films. If the guy wants to live on easy street for awhile, so be it.
After years of football, wrestling, and action flicks, the guy is probably tired of going home at the end of the day feeling like he was beat all over with a baseball bat. I seriously doubt we have seen the last of "The Rock" in action films. If the guy wants to live on easy street for awhile, so be it.
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12:02AM on 09/18/2008
I've lost so much respect for him. Why'd he give up action? Fucking kids ruined The Rock.
I've lost so much respect for him. Why'd he give up action? Fucking kids ruined The Rock.
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