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Ball & Chain

07 May 2020 14:16 #67950 by lfan
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Deadline reporting that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt are in negotiations to bring Ball & Chain to the big screen (presumably a movie, maybe a series, as the article is a little vague).

Ball & Chain is an old Image miniseries that featured a couple on the cusp of divorce before a meteor explosion showers them with superpowers (strength and speed) that only work when they are in close proximity to each other which is a challenge cause they hate one another now.

deadline.com/2020/05/dwayne-johnson-emil...d-couple-1202928221/

One thing I find interesting that the article doesn't mention is this is the SECOND time around for this Scott Lobdell mini-series. Way back in the 90s or early 2000's, there were series discussions of making this into a TV series.  They even cast it (Dan Cortese of MTV fame and Sasha Alexander, Lips hot teacher in Shameless, were cast I remembered).  Sadly, I don't think it ever went to pilot even. 

Hopefully this go round will be a little more successful with the power of the Rock and Emily Blunt behind it.
 

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07 May 2020 14:25 #67951 by Woodclaw
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This is a series I've never heard about, but the premise is kind of fun.

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07 May 2020 16:47 #67952 by Helstar
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Isn't there a movie trailer with these two actors out already ? Something with "Jungle..."

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07 May 2020 17:16 #67953 by lfan
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Yes, it’s Disney’s Jungle Cruise.  I think they were hoping to parlay the duo’s stardom together into this new project 

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07 May 2020 18:17 #67955 by shadar
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The opposite concept of the movie Hancock, where Hancock and his wife loved each other, and wanted to be together, but their superpowers diminished to zero whenever they were together. 

(And having her also married to an ordinary man was a stroke of genius for the plot.)

But Ball & Chain this sounds like it could be fun too. They need their Powers, but it means they have to be together, presumably in all the ways, to keep that power... and they hate each other. Neat concept. 

Just shows that there are yet more undiscovered ways to portray Powers. 

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07 May 2020 18:36 - 07 May 2020 18:37 #67956 by lfan
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shadar wrote: The opposite concept of the movie Hancock, where Hancock and his wife loved each other, and wanted to be together, but their superpowers diminished to zero whenever they were together. 

(And having her also married to an ordinary man was a stroke of genius for the plot.)

But Ball & Chain this sounds like it could be fun too. They need their Powers, but it means they have to be together, presumably in all the ways, to keep that power... and they hate each other. Neat concept. 

Just shows that there are yet more undiscovered ways to portray Powers. 

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The “powers only when we’re together” is actually not that rare in the ubergirl space.  The first one I remember was Image’s Proximity Effect GN that featured a super powered female rock star when she was close to her “battery” (some dude).  

Another example is the lighter tone of Opposite Forces where a female and male neighbor get zapped together under the same premise

If you think about it, probably the first use of the idea was the Wonder Twins!

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08 May 2020 08:03 #67965 by Brantwood
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This reminds me a little bit of the Movie "Hancock", with Will Smith and Charlize Theron !

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15 May 2020 05:59 #68052 by lfan
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Looks like Netflix won the bidding war

www.cbr.com/ball-and-chain-netflix-johnson-blunt-superhero/

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