Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world by a very large margin. His movies are almost always successful, often making more than $1 billion.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is one of what some (not me) consider a rare miss. It was the follow-up to the disappointing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. While, it made $375 million worldwide, that’s not really impressive by Rock standards.
While promoting the upcoming Baywatch, Johnson spoke to CinemaBlend about his plans for the future of G.I. Joe.
“We have talked with Paramount…They have a big writers’ room with Transformers. With G.I. Joe, too,” said Johnson. “But the world of G.I. Joe, what’s exciting about that is, it’s just an opportunity to build out. Now, we’ve made two G.I. Joes. What they can do is phenomenal, right?”
“When you think about M.A.S.K., and you think about G.I. Joe, and you think about the world that they can build out. I think, if they are interested in bringing Roadblock back, great, let’s talk about it. But I wish them the best of luck,” said Johnson. “I loved working in that movie and the franchise, and if I didn’t do it again, I’m great with them, and I wish them the best of luck. But I do hope they build it out really nicely, and I think they can.”
Sounds like The Rock is very politely saying “thanks but I’ll pass.”
Being as in demand as he is means constantly working and choosing projects carefully.
Johnson’s schedule includes Baywatch opening May 25, then his HBO series Ballers premieres July 23, followed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hitting theaters Dec. 20.
He’s currently shooting Rampage, then Skyscraper, then probably Jungle Cruise. Not to mention more Fast and Furious and Black Adam.
A packed schedule like that means there’s no time for The Rock to try to fix G.I. Joe.