Dwayne Johnson is about head up what is bound to be a major franchise in the comic book movie world. The guys just seems to make hits so it makes sense that original movies would get a sequel sooner or later. So when he has a blockbuster film as proof-positive of a concept, why wouldn’t that flick get going a second time around? Well not so fast on Dwayne Johnson and San Andreas. After reportedly getting a sequel offer, Collider is reporting that this next flick might not be happening after all.
The news around a San Andreas sequel comes from a Collider interview with Alexandra Daddario (White Lotus) who played the daughter of Dwayne Johnson in the original movie. She seemed to think there was no second movie coming, having been under the impression that early talks about a sequel happened but nothing much came of it. While not necessarily right in the production pipeline, it would make sense that Daddario would have some insight here because she would almost definitely be back for a second movie. Here’s what she had to say to Collider about the Dwayne Johnson film:
“It was mentioned to me several years ago when I went in to New Line. I don’t think that the exec that I was speaking to is there anymore. But they had a draft written. As far as I know, it’s not happening. It’s been a long time. I don’t think so. I think it was in development at one point, I should say. But that happens in Hollywood all the time.”
Again, this isn’t definitive news. Daddario wouldn’t necessarily be in the negotiations around green lighting a second story even if they would likely want to have her involved. But this also follows a timeline that isn’t exactly encouraging for the Dwayne Johnson blockbuster. It has been more than six years since the original San Andreas and five since the studio (New Line) had begun discussion around bringing the earthquake crew back together. That’s more than enough time to have gotten something off the ground if there was significant interest.
While making a San Andreas sequel feels like something of a no-brainer on the involvement of Dwayne Johnson alone, the story doesn’t necessarily easily lend itself for a second go-around. In the original, Johnson played Ray Gaines, an Los Angeles Fire Department rescue pilot who finds himself in the middle of the titular fault line finally experiencing a massive shift, triggering a 9+ magnitude earthquake that sends the region into fiery disarray.
Dwayne Johnson led a sightseeing tour of California rescue operations in the movie, using his pilot skills to make sure family could get out of, not only, Los Angeles but San Francisco as well. It was a disaster flick through and through. And it hit at the box office as well. On a $110 million budget, the film scored over $470 million in ticket sales. That would seem to be enough to figure out another place to have a major earthquake. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be in the disaster cards.
No matter for Dwayne Johnson though. He just released Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt and is gearing up for even bigger things next summer. That’s when he enters the DC Extended Universe with Black Adam. The movie just wrapped filming and will likely be one of the biggest additions for the studio to date, set to usher in not only the anti-hero main character but the Justice League of America as well. It’s going to be a blockbuster, and unlike San Andreas will definitely be getting a sequel.