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Matt Kranis

Yesterday, we told you how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was attached to star in a movie from writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber being described as "Die Hard in China." The movie started a massive bidding war, but as the dust settles we have some new information about the project.

According to Variety, Legendary has won the bidding war, paying about $3 million for the rights to the upcoming action flick. We've also learned that the movie is titled Skyscraper, which is rather fitting considering it will take place in a skyscraper (in China!).

Universal, Paramount and Sony all reportedly made offers on the project, but in the end Legendary won out. It's no surprise this one was such a hot commodity. China is an ever-growing presence in the film world, with the Chinese film industry boasting an average growth of 34 percent per year. Hollywood studios have even changed their films for Chinese audiences, lest they alienate the growing box office powerhouse.

Thurber directed and co-wrote Johnson's upcoming Central Intelligence, which looks to be one of the top-grossing movies of the summer. But Skyscraper could be even more successful, combining the expert action that The Rock's known for with an international story that makes the movie a perfect sell to both Chinese and American audiences.

Are you excited for Skyscraper? What sort of influence do you think Chinese audiences might have on the film? Let us know in the comments below.


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