Dave Bautista has signed on to star in Dogtown, an adaptation of Jason Pearson's cult-favorite comic Body Bags.
Debuting in 1996 from Dark Horse, Body Bags is an irreverent action-comedy that follows father-daughter contract killers Mack Delgado, aka Clownface, and Panda. Nicknamed the "body bagger" for his brutal efficiency, Delgado reconnects with the teenage daughter he never knew he had as he continues to take increasingly dangerous assignments.
"The ambition of Dogtown is to have a Deadpool tone of humor and action, but at its core, Dogtown is a father-daughter love story about a tough man who reconnects with his daughter," Dogtown co-producer Gary Michael Walters said in a statement to Deadline. "We want to make action movies with heart."
While no director attached, filming on Dogtown is expected to begin before the end of the year, for a tentative 2019 release. The film will be written by Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), with Hivemind and Bold Films producing.
Bautista is quickly becoming one of the most visible actors in Hollywood with acclaimed performances in last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Blade Runner 2049. Audiences can currently see Bautista on the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War and next week's Hotel Artemis.