We're starting to think that Dwayne Johnson just doesn't sleep. He's now filming Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, to be followed by a full stable of other projects (including a trio of comics-based movies). But before all of that, he's talking about his next release, Paramount Pictures' G.I. Joe: Retaliation, directed by Jon M. Chu.
"I can tell you this one is creatively much different [from the first]," Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. "It’s rooted, it’s grounded, it’s real. The studio came to me and I loved the idea of starring in the movie because I grew up on G.I. Joe and it’s a massive property. I spoke to the studio and they told me about the creative shift that they wanted to make with the movie, which made it easy for me to sign on."
He said he found Paramount's honesty regarding possible missteps in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra refreshing. "The very frank discussions that I had with the studio was, ‘We know we can do better. And let’s challenge ourselves and sit down and make the movie that’s going to entertain the world,'" Johnson said. "I can appreciate that transparency and that directness. When you’re that open from the beginning, it makes things much easier and it makes the creative process that much better."
As if the release of a new film, and his busy feature calendar, weren't enough, Johnson will also be working on a new TV competition series called The Hero that Variety describes as "a high-stakes global adventure across three continents," with three teams of ordinary people proving what they're willing to overcome for the strength of their groups.
Instead of hosting the series, from Ben Silverman's Electus Entertainment, Johnson will appear as a motivator. In addition to Johnson's charm and encouragement, producers will also utilize social media to determine the fates of contestants at different points throughout the series.