I don’t know if anyone has ever called Dwayne Johnson “just a big teddy bear” and lived to tell the tale, but he might get the chance to play one in a New Line picture tentatively titled Teddy Bear. Details of the picture are being kept under wraps, but the source material was an illustration by fantasy artist Alex Panagopoulos. The drawing, titled “Sweet Halloween Dreams” depicts a tiny stuffed teddy bear with a wooden sword and shield defending a sleeping child from an enormous monster. Johnson is attached to produce at the moment with the possibility of starring. Hit the jump for more.
News on Johnson’s involvement with Teddy Bear comes via Heat Vision. While Johnson has resumed his role as an action star lately after a foray into more family-friendly fare, New Line has hopes that Teddy Bear launches a four-quadrant franchise. After all, Johnson’s Pain and Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg recently starred alongside an animated teddy bear in Ted and that seemed to work out well for everyone involved. Perhaps Wahlberg will provide “working with a stuffed animal co-star” tips in exchange for “getting a massive pump” pointers.
Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia are also on board to produce the film, which will reunite the talent behind Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. For the image in question, head over to Panagopoulos’ Deviant Art page and check out this recent interview with the artist here to see more of his work.