Netflix has acquired “Ball and Chain” a superhero film based on four-part comic book series starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. We have previously reported that Netflix was the most likely to acquire the rights to the film but no distribution deal was closed.
The film, which is being written by Emily Gordon, is an adaptation of the four-part comic book series of the same name by Scott Lobdell and follows Edgar and Mallory Bulson, a married couple who are going through relationship turmoil. However, their lives are flipped upside down when a mysterious meteor bathes the couple in extraterrestrial energies, giving them super-powers that only work when they’re together.
The two actors will appear in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” which was set to be released on July 24, 2020 but but was pushed to July 30, 2021 due to theater closures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to starring in “Ball and Chain,” Johnson and Blunt are also producing the film. Johnson’s Seven Bucks banner with Dany and Hiram Garcia will help produce along with Kevin Misher. Lobdell is executive producing along with Andy Berman for Misher Films.
“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,” Johnson said. “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.”
In #BallAndChain, Emily Blunt and I will play a married couple on the verge of divorce, who become blessed with superpowers that only work when we’re together.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 14, 2020
Written by Oscar nominee @emilyvgordon, who’s also a licensed couples therapist 👀@netflix 🌎https://t.co/l6yiAYkGsy
Johnson will next be seen in Netflix’s action comedy “Red Notice” opposite Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.
Blunt will soon appear in “A Quiet Place Part II,” opposite spouse John Krasinski, who also directed the thriller sequel. Paramount had planned to release the film on March 18, but decided to push it to Sept. 4 due to coronavirus.
Gordon, who received an Academy Award nomination with Kumail Nanjiani for “The Big Sick” screenplay, worked on the Apple TV Plus series “Little America.”
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