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Dwayne Johnson to Star in Adaptation of Survival Memoir “Not Without Hope”

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Having already established himself as one of the top actors for big-budget tentpoles, Dwayne Johnson is now looking to take on a stronger dramatic role and has agreed to star in the adaptation of the best-selling memoir Not Without Hope.  Production company Relativity recently acquired the worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute the film. Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will produce, with Johnson, Johnson’s manager Dany Garcia, Relativity President Tucker Tooley and Rick French, chairman & CEO of Raleigh-based French/West/Vaughan, executive producing.

Based on the memoir by Nick Schuyler, the story follows four friends — Schuyler along with NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Schuyler’s best friend, Will Bleakley, a former University of South Florida football player — who were on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat capsized, stranding the four men at sea.  In the days that followed, the men fought to survive as they awaited to see if help would come. Johnson will play Schuyler in the movie.

Schuyler, a former football player is now a personal trainer in Tampa, said “I’m humbled that Relativity was interested in paying tribute to Marquis, Corey and Will, and I was impressed with their vision for the film and how they wanted to honor how these guys lived and loved their families, friends and teammates.”  Brett Dahl is overseeing the project for the studio. Hiram Garcia serves as co-executive producer.  “Nick Schuyler’s book is extremely moving, and Relativity is proud to work with the Rock, Nick and the entire team on creating a movie that honors this powerful story,” said Robbie Brenner, president of production for Relativity.

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Denzel Washington, The Rock Among Top 10 Highest-Paid Actors in Hollywood

In this handout production photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg portray Bobby and Stig in '2 Guns'. '2 Guns', a film directed by Baltasar Kormakur, is about a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer who investigate each other and tackle the mob on April 20, 2013. The film is set to be released in August 2013. (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment via Getty Images)
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg portray Bobby and Stig in ‘2 Guns’, set to be released in August 2013. (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment via Getty Images)

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.  This year, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with $75 million in earnings from his work in the mega-blockbusters Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.  Denzel Washington and The Rock were the two performers of color to make the top 10.  For 1o straight weeks in 2013 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a film in the top 10 of the box office.  This year he headlined hits like GI Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6.  He earned a whopping total of $46 million this year, placing him at #5 on the list.

Washington is on an upswing following his 2012 hits Safe House ($126 million at the box office) and Flight ($93 million). His deal for back-end profits on the latter film, which earned $162 million worldwide on a $31 million budget, paid off for the actor. He earned $33 million last year, ranking him at #9 on Forbes‘ list.  Washington is poised to capitalize on his A-list status again this summer with his highly anticipated action film 2 Guns, co-starring Mark Whalberg, which opens August 2nd.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: Savior of Film Franchises

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — When your film franchise has gotten tired — the Fast aren’t quite as Furious, the Mummy needs a reason to Return — Dwayne Johnson is the guy to call.

The 40-year-old actor has become a savior of stale film series, injecting new life into “Fast Five,” ”The Mummy Returns,” ”Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and now “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The former professional wrestler rocks established franchises by joining them on the second or subsequent installment and boosting the property’s box office.

“Fast & Furious 6″ and “Journey 3″ are on the way, and Johnson’s ”Mummy” character got his own spinoff film, “The Scorpion King.”  “We call him franchise Viagra,” said “Retaliation” director Jon M. Chu. “He comes in and he elevates everything, not just physically, but energy-wise… He was the only one in our minds that could reinvent G.I. Joe and carry the franchise forward.”

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