Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson are teaming up again for “Ball and Chain,” a superhero feature from “The Big Sick” co-writer, and Oscar nominee, Emily V. Gordon. Netflix is in talks to pick up the project.
According to Deadline, Gordon is adapting the ’90s comic book series of the same name, from creator Scott Lobdell. The story follows a married couple who wield superhuman powers. The catch is, these superhero powers don’t work unless the pair are together. The original comics source their superpowers from a meteor that crashes onto them.
Johnson and Blunt will also produce the project. Johnson’s production banner, Seven Bucks, is involved along with Kevin Misher.
Blunt and Johnson are starring together in Disney’s upcoming family adventure film, “Jungle Cruise,” based on the popular Disney them park ride. The sweeping coronavirus pandemic shifted its release from July 24, 2020, to July 30, 2021.
Johnson, who starred in “Jumanji: The Next Level,” was last filming “Red Notice.” Up next is his DC Entertainment’s “Black Adam.” Blunt stars in the Paramount Pictures sequel, “A Quiet Place 2.” The pandemic recently pushed its release to September 4, 2020. She is set to star in “Wild Mountain Thyme,” as well as Lindsey Ferrentino’s “Not Fade Away.”
Gordon is an Academy Award nominee, a recognition she shares with her husband, Kumail Nanjiani (“Little America”), for their original screenplay on Amazon’s comedy-drama, “The Big Sick.” Gordon’s writing credits include the television series “Power Up,” “Explored,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and HBO’s “Crashing.” In March, the couple collaborators spoke with Awards Circuit about their AppeTV+ series, “Little America.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, no production start date on “Ball and Chain” has been established.