Dwayne Johnson Producing 'Teddy Bear' Adventure Based on a Drawing
Well, this is a new one. We've heard of movies based on other films, based on songs, and even based on board games, but how about a movie based on a simple drawing? According to THR, that's exactly what actor Dwayne Johnson has in mind, since the actor will produce and possibly star in a movie called Teddy Bear which is based on this drawing from artist Alex Panagopoulos. A tiny teddy bear with a wooden sword and shield protects a sleeping girl from a horrifying giant monster in the drawing, and Johnson and the folks at New Line Cinema think they could have a new family-friendly franchise. Read on!
The story details are being kept secret for now, but there isn't a writer or director attached at this point anyway. Beau Flynn (Requiem for a Dream) will produce alongside Johnson, continuing their relationship after they co-produced Journey 2: The Mysterious Island last year. There's no word yet on whether or not this will be animated or live action, but if we're going to speculate, I think it might work best as an animated project with Johnson providing the voice of the heroic bear.
I know that franchise potential is something the studios are always searching for, but isn't it kind of ludicrous that millions of dollars will be spent here on a movie based on a drawing? I'm a big Dwayne Johnson fan, but I'm disappointed that he's already considering going back to broad family films after such a short time back in badass action movies. If nothing else, we can hope that Teddy Bear will be better than his string of Disney films from a few years back.