Do you remember that old 80's TV show The Fall Guy? No? That's okay I barely remember it myself. Here is the synopsis of that show: “The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.” Sounds pretty interesting huh? It lasted for five seasons, so it had a pretty decent run. Kind of makes you wonder why it never got a movie of it's own in it's hey day. I mean it starred Lee Majors who was a pretty big deal back then.
Enter WWE Films. World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, Vincent Kennedy McMahon has always wanted to be a part of Hollywood. The film studio makes several movies a year and most of them are straight to DVD. The ones that do make it to the theaters have very small runs. Vince McMahon sees his wrestling promotion as a soap opera and all of his talent as actors and actresses. To an extent he is right. However, many wrestlers have tried their hand in Hollywood and met it with very little success. Rowdy Roddy Piper has been in several movies, but is only remembered for one cult classic, They Live. Hulk Hogan was pretty big in the movies for a while but all of his movies were terrible, other than Rocky III. Tommy 'Tiny' Lister aka Zeus from back when the WWE was the WWF, he's also had his fair share of movie spotlight. You will most likely remember him as Deebo from the Friday franchise. Triple H was even in Blade Trinity, but was told not to even show up for THOR auditions. Director Kenneth Branagh publicly replied to reports that Triple H had disclosed in an interview that he would love to land the role of Thor, with the resounding response “Do not bother wasting my time and your time!” Ouch, that must have stung Triple H's ego.
Every wrestler that leaves for Hollywood always comes back. The wrestlers today do not need to leave the nest anymore to make movies. The WWE's in house film studio takes care of their acting bugs. John Cena, Ted Dibiase Jr., and The Miz, have all starred in the same film franchise The Marine. The Marine bombed and Cena moved on to other disastrous movies ala Hulk Hogan. Ted Dibiase was given the keys to the franchise and it bombed as well. Then for some reason they decided to make a third movie with The Miz and they actually turned out a solid movie. Triple H has done a couple of movies for his father in law's film company and so has Randy Orton and David Otunga. Otunga had a bit part in WWE Films' biggest hit thus far The Call, which starred Hal Barrey and Abigail Breslin.
So, now WWE Films has procured the rights to make The Fall Guy Movie. Oh, wait did I forget to mention that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is the first pro wrestler to actually make an impact in Hollywood. It seems like whatever he does just turns to Hollywood gold! He is a legit A-List celebrity. I know even he came back to wrestle for a while but he comes from a wrestling family, it is in his blood and the money was huge. However The Rock has never done a WWE Films movie, until now that is.
The Rock will be picking up where Lee Majors left off almost three decades ago. I know the majority of the film's budget is going to go towards The Rock's pay check, but I still consider this an act of charity. I mean the show has been all but forgotten, and he is busy making blockbuster after blockbuster after blockbuster. I know what the WWE is thinking, that with The Rock on board they will finally achieve Hollywood Success. It isn't a very bad idea either, but they are going to need to do a couple of things before this movie's release if they are going to succeed.
The WWE has a good relationship with Netflix. They need to get the rights to The Fall Guy TV show and put it up on Netflix and then promote the crap out of it. I am not sure what The Rock is thinking by doing a WWE Films movie, let alone a WWE Films movie based off an ancient television show. Maybe he thinks he is immune to bad movies, or maybe he thinks he can actually star or at least be a part of every movie going forward. I always try to keep an open mind with movies, especially reboots and remakes (there is a difference).
So, I will keep an open mind like I said at the beginning. The synopsis is a pretty good story and not out of The Rock's acting range. So what do you guys think? Do any of you even remember this TV show? Lets light up those comments below.