If there’s anything we can learn from observing Hollywood these past few years, it’s that they will look anywhere for ideas. In the past, it was comic books, video games, action figures, board games, or theme park attractions that inspired the Hollywood blockbusters. Now it appears as if they’re scouring the internet for the next great billion dollar idea and if The Rock is involved, what could possibly go wrong? Right?
The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, is producing and potentially starring in a movie called “Teddy Bear,” collaborating with producer Beau Flynn, who made the family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” also featuring the star. “Teddy Bear” is based on an illustration by former software engineer Alex Panagopoulos on DeviantArt where a little teddy bear protects a sleeping girl from an enormous monster who hovers over her bed. A former assistant to Johnson discovered the illustration and eventually the drawing made its way to New Line.
No word writer is attached, but New Line is actually attempting to make a franchise out of this drawing. Let’s recap: they want to make a franchise based on a drawing. Perhaps Dwayne Johnson saw how “Ted” managed to be so successful for “Pain and Gain” co-star Mark Wahlberg and now he wants to get in on the plush toy action. It all may sound silly to you, but if The Rock wants to make a movie about a teddy bear, then that’s what The Rock is going to do, damnit. [THR]