Despite Paying Him $50M, Amazon Wants Dwayne Johnson Out after ‘Red One’ Following Black Adam, Jungle Cruise Disaster: “We’re done doing this experience thing”

Despite Paying Him $50M, Amazon Wants Dwayne Johnson Out after 'Red One' Following Black Adam, Jungle Cruise Disaster: "We're done doing this experience thing"

Dwayne Johnson is having a rough couple of years with back-to-back releases of films such as Jungle Cruise, Red Notice, and  Black Adam. All the aforementioned films failed to live up to their hype and generate numbers that would deem them profitable after having such huge budgets. Therefore, according to film critic Jeff Sneider, the actor is allegedly having a hard time getting green-lit from the studios thus in turn forcing him to return to the Fast and Furious franchise, which he previously swore he would never come back.

Following the alleged fight with his co-star Vin Diesel, the star was compelled to leave the franchise behind with a spin-off project o his own. But now that the options are limited, the star had to keep his ego aside to keep making the dough.

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Amazon does not want to take the risk and wants Dwayne Johnson out of Red One

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been a part of the entertainment industry for a long time and has kept himself in the spotlight, as solid as a rock, staying true to his name. Just a few years ago, the mere mention of his name was more than enough to secure a movie’s success. Now that the audience is evolving, they demand a compelling story that will intrigue their thought process. Thus, movies like Red Notice and  Black Adam showcase the classic case of misjudging the potential of a project and the market. According to the film critic and the host of The Hot Mic with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha, Jeff Sneider, the actor is not having a good year.

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Dwayne Johnson in and as Black Adam

Johnson was set to start working on an Amazon holiday action movie called Red One alongside Chris Evans but turns out that could not be the case since, Johnson’s box-office performance of the last few years failed to impress the studio and thus, in turn, the studio is allegedly pulling the rug out of him. He said,

“I’m hearing that Dwayne is [having] trouble getting greenlights after his last couple movies, which are Jungle Cruise, Red Notice, [and] Black Adam. And so basically, he was forced to go back to the character of Hobbs and do this [Fast & Furious] franchise. And the thing that doesn’t bode well is that this individual is also saying that Red One is not good as well. Red One is his upcoming Amazon one, and I’ve heard that Amazon is the latest studio to be like, ‘Yeah, we’re done doing this experience again.’”

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Dwayne Johnson appeared in the mid-credits scene in Fast X

The uncertainty of the future thus forced him to keep his ego aside and return to the franchise that he once left behind. Since Fast X was the only project at the moment that could offer him guaranteed success.

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What made Dwayne Johnson leave the Fast and the Furious franchise?

Although the Black Adam star did not name any names, the fans were quick to connect the dots as to what might have transpired behind the scenes that compelled the actor to feel in such a way. Dwayne Johnson let the dirty laundry out to the world for show and stated,

“The ones that don’t are too chicken s— to do anything about it anyway. Candy a**es. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right.”

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Action stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson

Later on, Johnson moved on from the franchise after being included in the spin-off of his character with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. And immediately after the success of his solo venture stated that he does not intend to return to the saga. But lo and behold, just after a few years, the actor had to put his big personality aside to stay afloat n the business. Fast X is now available in theatres worldwide. And for Red One,  although the filming began in October 2022, fans are not sure if the movie will follow its natural course of plans following the alleged drama.

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Source: The Hot Mic with Jeff Sneider and John Rocha

Written by Sampurna

Sampurna Banerjee is an ardent pop-culture enthusiast and a movie lover. Thus, working as a writer for Fandomwire. The latest tidbits about the entertainment industry never go past her eyes. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.