Dwayne Johnson Month: Franchises that need “Viagra.”

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After being successfully inserted into The Journey, Fast and Furious and GI: Joe franchises, Dwayne Johnson was given the not unflattering moniker of Franchise Viagra. Although he has shied away from adding himself to new and existing franchises for a little while (although DC have him slated as Black Adam and there is a Fast and Furious spin-off to consider) there are plenty of franchises that are treading water or close to death that could use some that “Rock-hard magic!”

The Terminator

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Since James Cameron gave up directing duties, The Terminator franchise has been struggling to match the iconic and amazing Judgement Day. Repeatedly bringing Arnie back or trying to retcon the whole series has failed on numerous occasions. The studio has now convinced Cameron to return (alongside original Sarah Conner, Linda Hamilton) but alongside him is Arnie again!

Maybe SkyNet need an update of their tech. Liquid-Metal failed to get the job done but a Dwayne Johnson sized super-robot could well be the menacing, time-travelling assassin they need. As long as he can drop the pearly white grin, Johnson could save the Terminator franchise.

Predator/Alien

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I’ve done what most movie fans do and lumped these two horror/alien franchises together. Johnson could add some vitality to a series which still has plenty of potential. Johnson versus either of these aliens would work and if it was the Xenomorph from Alien he was tackling, it would be interesting to see whether he could play the horror route as well as the action route that taking on Predator would require.

Die Hard

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Arguably Johnson is already doing this with the release of Skyscraper later this month. However, attempts to pass the Die Hard franchise on to a new, fresher and younger McClane failed spectacularly. If Johnson can convince as an every-man in his own Die Hard clone, maybe he could be the man to share the screen with Willis and then carry the series forward solo.

Transformers

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The franchise that refuses to be beat. Michael Bay has ridden this horse long after it should have been put-down and this year it limps forward further with a Bumblebee spin-off that nobody asked for. A reboot could well be in order and if you need a man to represent the humans, who better than Dwayne Johnson. He has already shown he can share the screen with huge, aggressive monsters so robots can’t be too far of a leap.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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Okay, bare with me. The sixth instalment lacked any of the magic required to keep The Pirates of the Caribbean interesting and the solution may be to finally put Jack Sparrow to rest. If that is done though, a suitably charismatic superstar would need to step-in and they would have to be far removed from cinema’s most famous pirate. Johnson could be your man, bringing muscles to the waves and kicking-ass in the only location he hasn’t yet mastered – the open seas!

Overall, five franchises that Dwayne Johnson could add his own unique, Viagra-like approach to. If you disagree or have any suggestions of your own, let me know in the comments below or through our social media.

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