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As though it weren't enough that Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer are getting set to make their big screen debut, now yet another old television series is getting the feature film adaptation. There have been reports out of Toronto saying that a new version of the Lee Major's 80s television series The Fall Guy is now getting ready for theaters, and according to The Hollywood Reporter the project may have already found both a director and a star. Both filmmaker McG and Dwayne Johnson are now in talks for the film, which is being put together by Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE.
In the original series Majors starred as Colt Seaver, a stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter during his down time. Teaming up with his cousin Howie and his protege Jody, they took down the bad guys are turned them over to the law. The series had a gimmick where the stunt that Colt was performing for a movie would somehow be included in his bounty hunter adventure. Presumably Johnson will be taking the role of Seaver, but the trade doesn't mention any actors who may be considered for the sidekick roles.
We've actually been hearing about a Fall Guy movie for years now, as Hollywood has repeatedly tried to turn the show into a feature. We first reported about the project back in 2010 when the movie was being prepped in similar vein to Joe Carnahan's The A-Team, and in 2011 it was even reported that Casino Royale director Martin Campbell had been in talks to direct (with Nicolas Cage in the lead role).
Johnson has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the past couple years thanks to his ability to reinvigorate ensemble franchises (including Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe), but now seems to be setting up potential franchises where he is the central star. In addition to this new project, he is also working on Brett Ratner's Hercules, which is currently in production and aiming for a July release next year. The actor will also soon get started on James Wan's Fast & Furious 7, which will also be out next summer.
McG has been keeping busy since releasing This Means War in 2012 and has already completed production on his next film, the thriller Three Days To Kill. In the movie Kevin Costner stars as a dying secret service agent who is called on for a final job in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life. It likely won't be long until we see the first trailer for the movie, as its set to be released on February 14th next year. He is also now attached to direct the submarine movie Hunter Killer, but at this point we don't know what his schedule looks like or how that project will be affected by The Fall Guy,