Dwayne Johnson's Earthquake Adventure San Andreas Will Rattle Theaters In Summer 2015

By Nick Venable 2013-12-06 06:03:47discussion comments
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Warner Bros. is already looking forward to a huge year in 2015, when theyíll unleash their Batman vs. Superman superhero smash-up into the world, and theyíre bolstering their confidence that they donít only need huge franchises in order to rake in the summer blockbuster box office. The studio has given a prime June 5 opening date to their upcoming disaster action flick San Andreas, which will star Dwayne Johnson as a guy who will hopefully stop an earthquake from happening by punching it into submission, though I donít think thatís how the story will go.

San Andreas will be directed by Brad Peyton, who teamed up with Johnson to earn Warner over $335 million worldwide with 2012ís Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, a film that opened in the February release graveyard. It stands to reason them teaming up on a summer tentpole could shake up all of the competition. At this point, according to BoxOfficeMojo, theyíre only going head-to-head with DreamWorks Animationís B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations with Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy, so while the younger kids are watching that, the grown-ups can watch Johnson jump over rubble in a jovial way.

Thatís of course assuming people arenít still flocking to theaters to see Brad Birdís mysterious fantasy Tomorrowland or Paul Feigís next comedy Susan Cooper. Audiences might even still be throwing their money at Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will have been out a month by the time San Andreas comes out; and Jurassic World is already set to come out on June 12, which will almost certainly cut into its early earnings.

Itíll depend on how strong the film is, and how good word of mouth will be, I suppose. Johnson will star as a helicopter pilot who has to track down his daughter in the aftermath of a devastating quake rocking the California coast. Any disaster movie outside of Roland Emmerichís hands gets immediate interest out of me, and Iím hoping thereís a strong script, which has gone from a first draft written by Andrew Fabrizio (Special) and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) to a rewrite from The Conjuring scribes Chad and Carey Hayes. At one point Lostís Carlton Cuse was attached to write a draft as well.

Whatís pretty interesting is that following the release of Warnerís Mad Max: Fury Road on May 15, the next three weeks feature completely original films that arenít tied to remakes, reboots or sequels; Paramountís animated adventure Monster Trucks is also set to be released then. You can bet that this anomaly will change by the time 2015 actually gets here, but itís a rare sight to see regardless, especially in a year that is being built on recognized franchises, with more James, Terminator, Star Wars and Hunger Games all leading the non-superhero box office chatter.

Do you guys think San Andreas stands a good chance against the competition?
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