Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson May Star in Michael Bay's New Times-based Movie
Back in 1999, New Times alum Pete Collins wrote a massive 30,000 word, three-part feature about steroid-abusing Miami bodybuilders who wound up involved in a failed extortion and kidnapping plot. Michael Bay, who owns a home in Miami, has been talking about turning it into a movie for years, but now it seems that might actually become a reality.
Variety reports that Bay is in talks to cast Wahlberg and Johnson as the leads, but notes that Wahlberg may be too busy to take the part. Interestingly, Marky Mark has also long been rumored to star in another long delayed South Florida movie based on characters featured in Cocaine Cowboys.
Johnson, a former University of Miami football player, remains a strong possibility.
With a reported budget of just $20 million, the movie would be Bay's smallest since Bad Boys. In other words, don't count on the tightly choreographed explosions and car chases.
Variety reports that the movie could start shooting as soon as this Spring.
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