The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Netflix have acquired the rights to superhero package Ball and Chain, a 90’s comic book property, that will reunite Jungle Cruise stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, with screenwriter Emily V. Gordon adapting the script.
The comic, created by Scott Lobdell, focused on married couple Edgar and Mallory Bulson, who after months of emotional turmoil, they decide to call an end to their marriage. That was the plan anyway, until a mysterious meteor nearly hits them but it bathes the battling couple with extraterrestrial energies that gives them superpowers, turning Mallory into Chain Lightning and Edgar into Thunderball. Unfortunately for the both of them, their powers only work when they’re in close proximity to each other. Though the last thing they want to do is to stay together, they’ll need to try if they hope to overcome newly arrived other-worldly forces that threaten to destroy them and anyone else who gets in their way.
Dwayne Johnson released a statement saying:
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.
Dany Garcia added:
We’re thrilled to continue the evolution of our partnership with Netflix and welcome Ball and Chain into the Seven Bucks universe. Our Netflix partnership is rooted in our mutual understanding that investing in the right stories with universal appeal is our number one priority. The incomparable chemistry of our leads and powerful storytelling elements will ignite fans across the globe. We can’t wait to bring this electric story to life.
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix Films added:
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.
Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will be producing the project under their Seven Bucks Productions banner, along with Kevin Misher of Misher Films. Emily Blunt will be making her producing debut under her Ledbury Productions banner.