Universal and Legendary Nab ‘Red Notice’ Starring Dwayne Johnson in Fierce Bidding War

Dwayne Johnson has never been bigger.

The actor is currently one of the most sought after talents in Hollywood. In an era where studios are more concerned with recognizable IPs and brands, there are few actors that are still a box-office draw (Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are still occasional draws). Yet, Johnson’s charisma and acting has made him a household name worldwide. So it should come as no surprise that his latest film, Red Notice, was part of a fierce bidding war.

The Hollywood Reporter has declared Universal and Legendary the proud victors of a bidding war that included Warner Bros./New Line, Paramount and Sony. The two companies teamed up to secure the win.

The film is being fast tracked with plans to start shooting in 2019. Additionally, Dwayne Johnson is expected to earn a $20M payday for the film, with Rawson Marshall Thurber picking up $10M. The proposed budget for the film is in the ballpark of $150M. Plot details are scarce, but it is expected to follow Johnson as a man who works for the international police agency.

What are your thoughts on the film? It’s nice to see Hollywood getting fierce over an original property for a change.