Today’s short essay on Instagram from The Rock is all about him finding a place to get his work done while on location. The image attached, shows a little make shift desk out in the country surrounded by screens and papers. The part that has us the most interested, however, is his statement about what he’s currently viewing on his tablet.
On the iPad I'm reading an outline for a cool movie I'll make in 2017 (with director Shane Black) and when I get tired and need a lil' pick me up, the shaker cup holds a special shot of energy - Elk piss.
Shane Black, whose newest film The Nice Guys comes out Friday (and is awesome by the way), has a pair of films on his docket going forward. One is The Predator, the newest entry in the ongoing franchise, and the other is an adaptation of the pulp magazine hero Doc Savage. As much as we wish that The Rock was going to lead The Predator, the timing on that simply doesn’t work. Rocky says that he’ll be making the film in 2017, and according to the info that we have, The Predator will begin filming this summer, with a release date in March of 2018. Based on that schedule, the film should be spending pretty much all of 2017 in post-production, which won’t require The Rock to do much work.
What’s more, Dwayne Johnson says he’s reading an outline, not a script, which would almost certainly be the case if he was looking at The Predator. We know Shane Black and Fred Dekker have been working on the script. Even if it’s not finished, there’s almost certainly an existing draft.
However, all the reasons that make The Predator an unlikely choice are points in favor of Doc Savage. As The Predator does not appear to be planning to do much filming in 2017, that means Shane Black’s schedule will be free to work on something else. We haven’t heard anything about there being a script for Doc Savage, so that explains why The Rock is only looking at an outline. What’s more, we know that Shane Black wants Dwayne Johnson for the title role. It appears that he may have got him, too. The Rock doesn’t say he’s "considering" making a movie with Shane Black in 2017. He says it’s happening.
It is, of course, possible that there’s a third option. A project we’re not aware of that the two are going to work together on. If that’s the case, then we hope that Shane Black and The Rock can setup some kind of long term partnership, because we still want to see him in both The Predator and Doc Savage.
Finding our anchor. When I'm shooting on location I always need a space where I can work and keep building the enterprise. Here in Georgia this has been my space for months now. Keepin' it country. Every film, TV show, partnership and project we develop gets handled from here. When I feel good about it, it goes in the pile to the left that clearly reflects my OCD. When I'm still making adjustments, it stays on the pile on the right. All contracts that need signing remain in the middle. On the iPad I'm reading an outline for a cool movie I'll make in 2017 (with director Shane Black) and when I get tired and need a lil' pick me up, the shaker cup holds a special shot of energy - Elk piss. The more complicated our lives get, the more we need simple spaces like this to anchor us. In simplistic terms, find your work space and anchor to help you keep your shit together. #AndDontTryDrinkingElkPiss #IWasKidding #ItsLionBlood ??????
What do you think? Is Dwayne Johnson working on The Predator, Doc Savage, or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments which one you’d rather see him in.