A biopic of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, is in the works.
Toronto-based filmmakers Jonathan and Justin Gajewski are developing Ring King, a feature about the Canadian wrestling superstar and father of the top Hollywood action hero after optioning the life rights to Rocky Johnson, now 73 years old.
The Gajewski twins will produce the biopic via their JG Brothers production banner after completing earlier assistant director credits on a host of movies and TV series shot in Toronto, including Suicide Squad, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the Minority Report miniseries.
“We are very excited to bring Rocky Johnson’s incredible story to the world,” Jonathan and Justin Gajewski, who are also writing the screenplay for Ring King, said in a statement.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia as Wade Douglas Bowles, and well before he became a star and a onetime world tag team champion in the then World Wrestling Federation, the elder Johnson started wrestling in 1964 as a young man in and around Toronto.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Etan Vlessing