Netflix nabs Ball and Chain starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt
James R | On 14, May 2020
Netflix has shackled itself to Ball and Chain, a new superhero film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Johnson and Blunt, who co-star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise (summer 2021), play a troubled married couple that receive superpowers that only work when they are together.
Loosely based on Scott Lobdell’s 90s comic book Ball and Chain, the film is adapted by Academy Award nominee Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick, Little America). Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia will produce for Seven Bucks Productions, alongside Kevin Misher for Misher Films and Emily for Ledbury Productions. Andy Berman for Misher Films, and Lobdell are on board as executive producers.
Johnson most recently starred in Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level which grossed over $796 million worldwide, and is in production on Netflix’s Red Notice alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Netflix is also in development on John Henry and The Statesmen with Johnson attached to star and produce. Blunt has reprised her role in A Quiet Place Part II which will premiere later this year.
“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,” commented Johnson.
“Dwayne and Emily have a chemistry together that is unmatched in our business right now. They are the perfect duo to bring Emily V. Gordon’s electric superhero story to life, and take the world of Ball and Chain to new heights,” added Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix Film. “We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Emily Blunt, as well as continue our relationship with Dwayne, Seven Bucks and Kevin Misher.”