Netflix has secured the rights to JOHN HENRY AND THE STATESMEN an original pitch from writer Tom Wheeler with Dwayne Johnson attached to star.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE director Jake Kasdan is on board to helm the show. Netflix landed the rights after a heated bidding war that attracted many of the major studios.
The film marks Johnson's first feature at Netflix, another win for the streaming giant. It is already in production on projects with Mark Wahlberg and Ryan Reynolds, reports variety.com.
"Netflix is the perfect partner and platform for us to continue entertaining our global audience in a disruptive way," Johnson said.
"These diverse characters speak to a legacy of storytelling that is more relevant than ever and span across a worldwide audience regardless of age, gender, race, or geography," he added.
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WHEN THE MAN COMES AROUND. Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. In this movie, I’ll lead an ensemble of the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world. @NETFLIX is the perfect partner & platform to bring these global folklore icons to life. The NETFLIX brand speaks directly to our @sevenbucksprod ethos of being bold, ambitious and game changing - and most importantly, always thinking “Audience first” in homes all around the world. The legend of JOHN HENRY’S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age. My dad would sing “Big John” to me every time he would put me to bed. At bedtime most children get loving nursery rhyme songs — I got this/ Every mornin’ at the mine, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6 and weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big John. Big John. Big Bad John. Directing this big ol’ tentpole is the talented and passionate, Jake Kasdan. Jake and I found nice success together in a little movie called, JUMANJI. Gonna be a lot of fun bringing these legends to life. My childhood hero. The steel driving man and his disruptive band of international folklore legends. JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN @sevenbucksprod @danygarciaco @hhgarcia41 @flynnpictureco @NETFLIX
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Wheeler developed the pitch with Hiram Garcia, president of production at Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions.Johnson will also serve as a producer on the film.