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DWAYNE JOHN­SON

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NET­FLIX has se­cured the rights to

John Henry and The States­men, an orig­i­nal pitch from writer Tom Wheeler with Dwayne John­son at­tached to star. Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle di­rec­tor Jake Kas­dan is on board to helm the show. Net­flix landed the rights after a heated bid­ding war that at­tracted many of the ma­jor stu­dios.

The film marks John­son’s first fea­ture at Net­flix, an­other win for the stream­ing gi­ant. It is al­ready in pro­duc­tion on projects with Mark Wahlberg and Ryan Reynolds, re­ports va­ri­ety.com.

“Net­flix is the per­fect part­ner and plat­form for us to con­tinue en­ter­tain­ing our global au­di­ence in a dis­rup­tive way,” John­son said. “These di­verse char­ac­ters speak to a legacy of sto­ry­telling that is more rel­e­vant than ever and spans a world­wide au­di­ence re­gard­less of age, gen­der, race, or ge­og­ra­phy,” he pointed out.

Wheeler de­vel­oped the pitch with Hi­ram Gar­cia, pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion at Dwayne John­son and Dany Gar­cia’s Seven Bucks Pro­duc­tions. John­son will also serve as a pro­ducer of the film.

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