We have action, western, romantic comedies, and a dozen other genres of film. It’s now safe to say that The Rock films qualify as a genre unto themselves. This time around Johnson plays a retired vet who now must take on terrorists in a state of the art skyscraper that is currently burning, to save his family and himself.
Look. We know the Rock survives the film and that he will find a way to save his family and take down all the bad guys while battling his own flaws and weaknesses (in this case, the fact that he is an amputee and that he appears to have some PTSD issues from his time in the military). The only question is how over the top is the story going to get and how much fun are we going to have. Those are the only two things that matter in a “The Rock” genre movie.
Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.
Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence).
Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean series) and Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel). The film will be released by Universal Pictures.