UPDATE: Everybody is catching up to a story that Deadline broke last week, and that’s the reteaming of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt post Jungle Cruise for Ball & Chain based on the 1999 four-part comic book. As we told you, the project was poised to land at Netflix.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, May 6, 5:32PM: We might not have a clear path to a resumption of production yet, but the material market is certainly back in full bloom. The hot spec package tonight is Ball and Chain, with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt attached to play a bickering couple who receive super powers that only work if they can learn to put aside their differences and work together.
Here’s the description from the four-part comic book published in 1999: Edgar and Mallory Bulson have decided to throw in the towel. That was the plan anyway, until a mysterious meteor bathed the battling couple in extraterrestrial energies that gave them super-powers. Will their newfound abilities be enough to make their marriage work?
The script is by Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), and Kevin Misher is producing with Seven Bucks. Several studios are bidding, and it sounds like Netflix is emerging as a potential destination. None of the participants would return Deadline’s calls. Johnson and Blunt just teamed for the first time in Jungle Cruise.