Dwayne Johnson probably doesn’t sleep, or perhaps replenishes himself simply by starring in more movies. Alongside signing on for sequels to San Andreas, Fast & Furious, the Rampage video game adaptation, and remakes for Baywatch, Big Trouble In Little China and Jumanji, another project of his has a release date.
Skyscraper, which was previously only described as ‘Die Hard in China’ – how many times has ‘Die Hard in [blank]’ been the pitch for an action film? – now has a confirmed release date of July 13, 2018. Johnson will reteam with his Central Intelligence writer/director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, for the film, now unsurprisingly slotted in at a prime summer movie location.
Johnson shared the news on his Instagram account:
BREAKING: Grateful to share this big news. Universal Studios and @Legendary Pictures have declared JULY 13th 2018 SKYSCRAPER weekend. Massive scale of a movie we’ve been developing for almost two years and we start shooting this August – in CHINA. Our script, written and to be directed by Rawson Thurber, focuses on the world’s largest skyscraper – that’s on fire. A towering inferno almost a mile into the sky and my wife and kids are trapped on the top floor. My character is a disabled US War Vet and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader. This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes I’ve had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the every day man and woman who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family. Research for this film has been a real education for me (and that’s saying a lot considering my horrible freshman year GPA) from meeting with the world’s top skyscraper architects to spending amazing time with our US combat and disabled vets. Good thing I’m not afraid of heights. But at 4,000ft it’s a different story. Let’s get to work. #CHINA #SevenBucksProds #FlynnPicturesCo #Zhao #SKYSCRAPER JULY 13th 2018
And here’s the synopsis from Universal:
“Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it”.
“A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line”.
Does this sound like every generic action movie ever? Probably. But, Johnson at least raises drivel into respectable drivel, so maybe Skyscraper can live up to its Die Hard in China comparisons. Or at least be Last Man Standing in China.