Dwayne Johnson’s Red Notice moves from Universal to Netflix
The Dwayne Johnson starring action-comedy Red Notice, once the subject of an intense studio bidding war, has changed hands from Universal Pictures (who have officially removed it from their release schedule) to Netflix.
Deadline reports that Ryan Reynolds has joined Johnson and co-star Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) in the film which is gearing up for a 2020 production start date.
“With Red Notice, our goal at Seven Bucks Productions was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience. Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal,” Johnson said. “I admire the ambition of Netflix to become one of the biggest movie studios in the world. Their original content generates critical acclaim and invites full collaboration on every level of production. Their unbridled enthusiasm for Red Notice is equally matched by their commitment to entertaining audiences on an international scale.”
“As the landscape of movies, distribution and audience consumption continues to evolve, our Seven Bucks focus is to continue to find the best platform and partners to thrive in this ever changing environment. Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot….The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”
In the film, global superstar Dwayne Johnson reteams with his Central Intelligence writer/director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, to lead the cast of Red Notice. The pair also collaborated on the upcoming Skyscraper.
In the international action-thriller, Johnson plays an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most wanted art thief in the world. “Red Notice” refers to the highest and most serious of Interpol notices (there are eight) and concerns the arrest of wanted criminals.
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