Netflix has acquired the rights to Ball and Chain, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Loosely based on the ’90s comic book Ball and Chain, the film follows a troubled married couple that receives superpowers that only work when they are together.
The feature is written by Academy Award nominee Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick, Little America), who is adapting the story from Scott Lobdell’s comic book. Producing are Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions, Kevin Misher for Misher Films, and Emily Blunt for Ledbury Productions. The executive producers include Andy Berman and Scott Lobdell.
“One of our main initiatives at Seven Bucks is to continue to find the best platforms to tell stories that entertain and inspire on a global scale. Netflix is the perfect partner to deliver this epic superhero/romantic comedy experience alongside us, and we’re excited to be back in business with the Netflix team,” said Johnson.
He added: “I’m also excited to not only reunite with dear friend Emily Blunt in front of the camera, but to also collaborate as producing partners as we bring Emily V. Gordon’s script to life.”
“We’re thrilled to continue the evolution of our partnership with Netflix and welcome BALL AND CHAIN into the Seven Bucks universe,” said Dany Garcia.
“Our Netflix partnership is rooted in our mutual understanding that investing in the right stories with universal appeal is our number one priority. The incomparable chemistry of our leads and powerful storytelling elements will ignite fans across the globe. We can’t wait to bring this electric story to life.”
“Dwayne and Emily have a chemistry together that is unmatched in our business right now. They are the perfect duo to bring Emily V. Gordon’s electric superhero story to life, and take the world of Ball and Chain to new heights,” said Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix Film.
“We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Emily Blunt, as well as continue our relationship with Dwayne, Seven Bucks and Kevin Misher.”
Johnson and Blunt co-star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which will be released next summer.
Johnson most recently starred in Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level, which grossed over $796 million worldwide and is the continuation of the 2017 blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Johnson is in production on Netflix’s Red Notice alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, and Netflix is currently in development on John Henry and The Statesmen with Johnson attached to star and produce. Johnson also recently announced the return of The Titan Games, premiering on May 25 on NBC.
Blunt has reprised her role in A Quiet Place Part II, which will premiere later this year and is currently in post production on Wild Mountain Thyme.