Updated (May 15, 2020): Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt's upcoming superhero movie Ball and Chain is coming to Netflix.
Oscar nominee Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick) is writing the script. Johnson and Blunt will produce the film through Johnson's Seven Bucks and Blunt's Ledbury Productions.
Johnson said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter): "One of our main initiatives at Seven Bucks is to continue to find the best platforms to tell stories that entertain and inspire on a global scale.
"Netflix is the perfect partner to deliver this epic superhero/romantic comedy experience alongside us, and we're excited to be back in business with the Netflix team.
"I'm also excited to not only reunite with dear friend Emily Blunt in front of the camera, but to also collaborate as producing partners as we bring Emily V. Gordon's script to life."
Original (May 10, 2020): Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt's Disney movie Jungle Cruise doesn't sail into cinemas until next year, but the duo have already signed up for a new project together.
The two A-listers will be teaming up once again for Ball and Chain, a unique new superhero movie adapted from Scott Lobdell and Alé Garza's 1999 graphic novel series of the same name.
Johnson and Blunt will star as a married couple on the brink of divorce until a mysterious meteor bestows them with super powers that only work when they're together.
The official description for the four-part comic series reads: "Edgar and Mallory Bulson have decided to throw in the towel. That was the plan anyway, until a mysterious meteor bathed the battling couple in extraterrestrial energies that gave them superpowers. Will their newfound abilities be enough to make their marriage work?"
Jungle Cruise – Johnson and Blunt's first movie together – was originally scheduled to arrive in cinemas on July 24 this year, but the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to push its release back until July 2021.
Johnson previously explained why pushing the film back an entire year (rather than just delaying it to a later point this year and making it available on Disney +) is a good thing.
In an Instagram post, he wrote: "I feel great and bullish about this date as it gives us time for Disney to be fully operational in all their businesses – theme parks, hotels, cruise ships, but more importantly, it gives the world time to bounce back to living confidently, productively and joyously once again.
"Thank you, Disney leadership team. And thank you to all the fans worldwide. The movie will be worth the wait. Stay healthy, my friends."
Jungle Cruise will hit cinemas in July 2021.
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