Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a national treasure, will star in Alpha Squad Seven, a sci-fi action-comedy that takes place in outer space. DreamWorks just secured the film after a fierce bidding war between studios. We don't know much about the plot itself, but the Hollywood Reporter explains how this movie could easily be a blockbuster:
The plot details are being kept on the dark side of the moon but the project is described as four-quadrant action-comedy adventure set in space. Independence Day, Armageddon and Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the watchwords.
The project is meant to act as a two-hander as well as launch a potential franchise.
All of these things make perfect sense: of course it has the potential become a franchise, because The Rock is franchise Viagra, but also because Johnson fighting bad guys in space will be massively appealing to all audiences. (The term "four-quadrant" is industry talk for appealing to both men and women, both young and old.)
Johnson has worked with these producers before—on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, as well as last summer's Hercules and this month's San Andreas (out on May 29). The only question left is who will be Johnson's co-star (or if this will be like a Fast and Furious-type thing set in space, because that would rule.)