Yesterday passed on a news item from entertainment industry publication Production Weekly that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had been selected to star in the upcoming Disney remake of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” It turns out that news is false. During a phone interview conducted on Monday with SciFiWire.com, “20,000 Leagues” director McG was asked about the Dwayne Johnson report and said, “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve never spoken to Dwayne Johnson. You can be the first to report that I have no idea where that came from. I wish him every success, but I never spoke to Dwayne about this.” McG reiterated, “I like him. He’s great. He’s a wonderful human being and an excellent screen presence, but we have not spoken about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Not a word.” He added that he’d like to have actor Will Smith play the lead.
– In his latest blog over at JRsBarBQ.com, Jim Ross has addressed the online reports that Batista is considering retirement next year when his WWE contract expires. Heres what Ross said:
“Been reading where Batista may retire in a year or so but I’d bet that won’t happen. Unless Batista has saved a boat load of cash I say he stays in WWE and makes more of those big pay days and 7 figure years. Big Dave likes the good life, who doesn’t, but the “good life” isn’t facilitated w/ coupons. Dave’s value to WWE, considering especially the overall lack of main event depth may never be greater. I know I thoroughly enjoy my paychecks even thought I feel I’m underpaid (who doesn’t?)and hope to successfully negotiate a new contract w/ WWE when the time comes later in 2009. Hey, we ALL feel like we’re under paid, right?”