Can you smell what Netflix is cooking? The streaming giant has announced that it has acquired the superhero film “Ball and Chain” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Johnson and Blunt play a troubled married couple. They receive superpowers, but there’s a catch. Their superpowers only work when they’re together. “Ball and Chain” is loosely based on Scott Lobdell’s 90s comic book of the same name.
“One of our main initiatives at Seven Bucks is to continue to find the best platforms to tell stories that entertain and inspire on a global scale. Netflix is the perfect partner to deliver this epic superhero/romantic comedy experience alongside us, and we’re excited to be back in business with the Netflix team. I’m also excited to not only reunite with dear friend Emily Blunt in front of the camera, but to also collaborate as producing partners as we bring Emily V. Gordon’s script to life,” said Johnson in a press statement.
Co-founded by Johnson and Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company. It creates original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks.
Academy Award nominee Gordon (“The Big Sick”, “Little America”) will adapt the story from Lobdell’s comic book.
“Dwayne and Emily have a chemistry together that is unmatched in our business right now. They are the perfect duo to bring Emily V. Gordon’s electric superhero story to life, and take the world of Ball and Chain to new heights,” said Head of Netflix Film Scott Stuber in a press statement.
While I’m a comic book fan, this is the first time I’ve heard of Ball and Chain. Jim Lee’s Wildstorm published this comic book mini-series in 1999 under its Homage Comics subdivision. DC Comics had already acquired Wildstorm in 1998, so Homage Comics was a DC imprint.
I’m quite familiar with Lobdell’s work, however. He took over Uncanny X-Men and had a long and memorable run with Marvel’s mutant titles. So I’m really looking forward to this superhero rom-com.
Besides, it’s Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt!