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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson seems to be becoming more of a titan within the entertainment industry with each passing day. He has become one of, if not the biggest film star in the world and it seems as though he also has big plans for Seven Bucks Productions.
This is his production company that he co-founded with life-long friend Hiram Garcia who himself has an active role in the running of this company. In an extended and exclusive interview with Collider, Hiram Garcia discussed Seven Bucks Productions and Dwayne Johnson.
Seven Bucks Productions
One of the things that was heavily discussed was the path Hiram Garcia took to end up where he is today:
“Obviously I’ve known Dwayne [Johnson] for a very long time, since I was 13. I was originally a music major in college, and when I graduated I looked at the music business, and it just didn’t seem like a good fit for me after I interned a little bit, and I was kind of lost in between, and I always helped Dwayne out creatively with stuff, for the character of ‘The Rock’.”
“We have very similar sensibilities and a similar sense of humor; we used to have fun with it. And when he got Scorpion King, he knew I was kind of lost career-wise, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but he knew I was a creative guy and he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you come do Scorpion King with me? Let’s try it out.’ And the moment I got on set I was like, well, that’s what I want to do. I want to be a producer.”
“And I kind of refocused my life from that point and went and took some scriptwriting classes, and I started working as a P.A. in commercials in South Florida, and I even did a little bit of second assistant directing and so forth and kind of really wanted to climb my way up from the bottom, learn the ropes.”
“I always kind of knew that as a producer you’re attached to everything on set, so it was important to me to get a sense of what everyone does. After kind of putting in this time, I just came around where I circled back with Dwayne as well as Dany, the co-owner of Seven Bucks.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne Johnson was a point of reference throughout this interview. This is especially the case when it came to Big Trouble in Little China and how Johnson will star in a movie that, as Hiram Garcia pointed out, will be a continuation rather than a remake of that 80’s cult classic:
“We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China. You can’t remake a classic like that, so the idea is, what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story.”
“We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China. Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun.”
“We’re actually in a really great space with the story that we’ve cracked, but yeah, no remake. It is a continuation, and we are deep into development in that as well, and I think you’ll start hearing some things about that probably soon.”
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