The Rock to Play The Fall Guy for McG

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Guess what ’80s TV show is getting a remake now? It’s The Fall Guy! THR is reporting that, after years languishing in some stage of development or another, the ABC show — which ran from 1981 to 1986, and starred Lee Majors as a badass stuntman/bounty hunter — is very much back on, with producers Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Studios planning on shopping the project to foreign buyers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival. The script comes from the guys who did Thor and X-Men: First Class, Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller; old mononym’d friend McG will be directing. And, only appropriately, it’ll be our new paragon of masculine brawn, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, stepping in for Majors.

Look, this movie could have never happened at all, or could have happened in a lot of different ways (at one point, it was Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell who was supposed to direct, with Nicolas Cage starring). But instead, it’ll be The Rock jumping a monster truck over a school bus while squeezing some dude’s head betwixt his biceps. Let’s take a moment this morning to appreciate that.

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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