5 More Broken Franchises The Rock Needs To Save
“The world ain’t saving itself.”
That line, a call to arms, is attributed to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation character. And Johnson knows a thing or two about “saving.” After attempting to launch his own action franchises with movies like The Rundown and Doom, D.J. discovered a new calling in the film industry: he’s the elixir brought in to “heal” franchises that have lost their way. Plug The Rock into Journey to the Center of the Earth or Fast & Furious sequels, and all of a sudden, the series are much improved. Johnson works his magic on G.I. Joe this weekend, resuscitating the franchise after the corny Rise of Cobra and setting the series on an ass-kicking track.
Hoping to capitalize on The Rock’s newfound healing powers, we cooked up five film franchises in need of an energy boost that would be well served by adding Johnson for a subsequent sequel. Picture the action star in these five universes, then add your own suggestions in the comments section below. Photoshop work by Kristy Puchko
And I’m not saying cast Dwayne Johnson as a different version of John Connor (as Terminator: Salvation did with Christian Bale), or ask The Rock to play Schwarzenegger’s T-800. Just write it as a sequel that somehow touches on a plot where future freedom fighters have to contend with another breed of Terminator machines, and Johnson plays a completely different character unassociated with the existing stories who must rise up and defeat the mechanical threat. The later Terminator movies were too beholden to Connor’s mythology. There are hundreds of stories that could be told in the Terminator universe, and one of them should find room for The Rock.
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