Dwayne Johnson’s been on a lot of minds lately. The actor was recently dubbed the highest paid actor in Hollywood for 2016 by Forbes, and for the past couple years has roughly attached himself to no less than ten separate franchises (that may or may not be an exaggeration). Given all the news surrounding the actor, my mind recently wandered to one of his first big project back in the early 2000s: The Rundown.
This was an action comedy film that starred Johnson in the lead role for the first time (he was still being credited as “The Rock” at the time), and co-starred Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Walken. Back then, I remember the conversation largely being if the Rock could actually lead a film. At that point, he’d had some experience in TV shows, a minor role in The Mummy Returns, as well as a starring role in The Scorpion King, but he’d never led a brand new film before, as The Scorpion King was technically a part of an established franchise.
The film was followed an unlikely pair of heroes (Johnson and Scott) who journey into the Brazilian rainforest in search of a secret rare statue before a vile, ruthless warlord (Walken) and his gang of mercenaries can capture them and steal the statue.
On the whole, the Rundown was received positively as a well made generic action flick, but more than anything, it was a confirmation that Johnson had the potential to become a true movie star.
Fast forward 13 years to to 2016, and the man is now the highest paid actor in Hollywood. It’s interesting that news is now coming around about a potential sequel to that very movie.
Speaking with our very own Edward Douglas at the Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Berg, who directed the first flick, expressed his desire to move forward with a sequel — especially if Jonah Hill would sign on:
"LRM: I've kind of given up on a sequel to The Rundown at this point...
Berg: If you can get Jonah Hill to do it, we'll do it. Write an article to Jonah Hill about why he should do The Rundown 2
LRM: How are you going to get Dwayne though?
Berg: Dwayne's in. He'd be in in a second.
LRM: But he's so busy that I feel he just has movies lined up for years.
Berg: Well, he does, but he'll do it. It's the day of the new super-actor, because Wahlberg kind of does it, Dwayne does it, Kevin Hart does it. There's a new work ethic out there."
Indeed, there certainly seems to be a handful of actors in the industry who never stop working, and Johnson is right at the top of that list. There's no doubt he'd probably be up for it should the opportunity arise. Plus, bring Jonah Hill into the equation, and you could have something pretty special.
In all honesty, The Rundown isn’t necessarily a movie I was dying to see a sequel for, but I definitely have some fond memories watching and re-watching it with friends and family. It’s a good lighthearted flick with a lot of fun action, and were they actually to move forward with another one, I’d probably be on board to see that as well.
What about you?
Do you have any desire to see a sequel to The Rundown?
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