Scribes Jon and Erich Hoeber are reteaming with STXfilms and have been tapped to pen the family action-comedy movie that will star Dave Bautista to kick off a potential franchise. Deadline broke the story in October that the Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049 tough guy — a former wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter — closed a deal with STX to develop a franchise that he will star in and produce.
The film will follow a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. Bautista and Jonathan Meisner are set as producers, and STXfilms’ Drew Simon and Kate Vorhoff will oversee.
The Hoeber brothers were already in business with STXfilms having helped out on The Happytime Murders, which is set in an L.A. underbelly where puppets and humans co-exist. It centers on clashing detectives — one human (Melissa McCarthy) and the other a puppet — who are forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a beloved classic puppet show. That pic has an August 17, 2018 release date.
The brothers’ writing credits include the Red movies and Battleship, and the upcoming shark pic The Meg starring Jason Statham. They are repped by Verve and Peikoff Mahan.
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