This time it’s….more than likely going to be bigger and more disaster-y. Did you want this? You’re going to get it regardless. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is reportedly headlining a sequel to last years CGI-heavy disaster movie hit San Andreas with the action moving towards the excellently named ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean. We’ll start the campaign for Johnny Cash to be on the soundtrack right here.
To be fair, San Andreas was undemanding, mindless, six-pack and cheap pizza fun. A throwback to the 1970’s Irwin Allen disaster flicks that are very fondly remembered, you can’t go far wrong with mashing together Dwayne Johnson, apocalyptic happenings, Paul Giamatti and Kylie Minogue. True, the CGI looked faintly ridiculous but worldwide box office takings of $473 million meant that a sequel was always pretty much guaranteed.
San Andreas saw Johnson as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who completely ignored his job and thousands of other people in peril to team up with his estranged wife to go search-and-rescue their daughter. Well, you would wouldn’t you? Most of the creative team and cast are to return, including director Brad Peyton and co-stars Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario, again playing wife and daughter Emma and Blake Gaines to Johnson’s Raymond Gaines. And Paul Giamatti is also back as seismologist Dr. Lawrence Hayes, who will no doubt prophesize more world-ending events that won’t be believed until it’s almost too late.
THR reports that:
“Plot details for the new installment are being sheltered, but the sequel is expanding the disaster locales by going global, focusing on the infamous Ring of Fire. The ring circles the Pacific Ocean with fault lines and volcanoes and, according to scientists, is home to about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.“
Quite how they can legitimately have ‘San Andreas’ in the title with this plotline we’re not sure, but they no doubt will. Still, The Rock fights some volcanoes? What’s not to like?
Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will produce from a script by relative newcomers Neil Widener and Gavin James for a release date yet to be announced.