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Dwayne Johnson Signs Up For Potential Franchise About Guardian Teddy Bears Based On A Picture

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 22, 2013 4:41 PM
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Dwayne Johnson has signed up to produce and potentially star in a New Line pick-up that's said to be based on an illustration. Yes, just a single illustration. Ideas can come from anywhere, right? Even Twitter accounts, as we've seen in the past.

To be co-produced by Beau Flynn, the illustration in question was drawn by a Greek software engineer turned artist, named Alex Panagopoulos, and, as THR states, "features a little girl asleep in bed while a small brown teddy bear - brandishing a laughably small wooden sword and shield - holds an enormous, fanged monster at bay."

The caption at the bottom of the illustration reads "Teddy Bears: Protecting innocent children from monsters under the bed since 1902."

And BOOM, just like that, we have a big-budgeted fantasy movie, starring an A-lister! See how easy that is? So what're you doing? Get to work...

So how did Panagopoulos' picture make its way to Newline and Dwayne Johnson?

As THR summarizes, Hiram Garcia, a former assistant to Dwayne Johnson, found the illustration and brought it to the attention of producer Beau Flynn, as well as New Line. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation, to listen to the pitch.

The film adaptation of Panagopoulos' illustration will tentatively be called: Teddy Bear.

Obviously, tentatively is the key word there...

The project is currently being packaged with behind-the-scenes talent, and there's no synopsis yet. But New Line is said to be looking at this as a major franchise for them.

The last time a Teddy Bear played a crucial role in a Hollywood movie, it was titled Ted, and it grossed over $500 million worldwide for Universal last summer.

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  • D.C. Kirkwood | January 23, 2013 11:47 PMReply

    After the success of that movie Ted, anything is possible. The Rock has learned how to play the Hollywood game quite well. He's winning at it too. PG13 films are the only type of films Hollywood really wants to make, and because of his large kid fan base from Wrestling, it always going to be profitable for his to do kids stories. Congrats to him.

  • ALM | January 22, 2013 9:32 PMReply

    Chile, let me find my etch a sketch

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