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Now Simon West to Direct 'Protection' with Dwayne Johnson

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April 29, 2010

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After playing musical chairs with its attached talent a couple times before, the action thriller Protection is on its third lead actor, Dwayne Johnson. Along with his casting came the departure of director Patrick Alessandrin, and that left the project without anyone at the helm. But a press release from IM Global today states that Simon West (Con-Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) will direct this story of Hombre (Johnson), a mercenary Mexico City security operative, who is forced to smuggle the daughter of a high ranking judge and the judge's chief legal counsel across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops and drug lords.

This is a lower budget action film with only $35 million to spend on car chases, explosions and all that fun stuff, which is set to start shooting in New Mexico sometime this fall. However, no matter how many actor / director combinations the flick has gone through, it still remains a painfully generic action flick, and the addition of Simon West as director does nothing to change that (sorry Con-Air fans). But if you're looking for any semblance of hope, this will be a return to action form for Dwayne Johnson, so maybe there's some good to come from that? Honestly, I'm pretty neutral on him, too. Anyone else like the sound of this?

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  • harm
    hell at least it gets Johnson out of Disney kiddie flicks for a month...
  • Rooney
    I'm not much on johnson either but from what we've learned with past experiences, Low budget movies can kick ass. District 9 and Hurt locker anyone? But i agree with Harm, good to hear Johnsons not doing shitty disney movies for a change.
  • sam
    DVD bin special!

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