When Dwayne Johnson Could Have Been… Marshal Law

Pat Mills has been talking about his nightmares dealing with Hollywood trying to adapt his comics into movies. Such as,

Then there was the boss of a media company that's a household name who 'definitely' wanted to do a whole range of projects featuring my characters, including Marshal Law. They were 'very, very serious'. This time there was 'definitely no bullshit'. Lots of time-consuming meetings and presentations ensued. This was followed by sending me some really expensive and impressive state of the art gear. It would be relevant for the projects they had in mind for me. So that made me think, wow, they must be serious! Six months went by with no news and no response to my emails and I finally realised it was dead. But I think I won on that one. I got a good price for all that gear at Cash Converters.

But that wasn't the end for Marshal Law, the super hero hunting cop of he future – "I hunt heroes. I haven't found one".

And timing is everything. What's wrong yesterday can be a perfect choice today. We got it wrong on Marshal Law when we backed McG who was very serious about doing it – just before he released Terminator 3. His take on Law made it all the way up to the studio boardroom where it got the thumbs down. And meanwhile we turned down The Rock, who wanted to option Law, although I have to say – in our defence – he was in Tooth Fairy mode at the time. We just couldn't face all those potentially abusive letters from fans who would have held us personally responsible for casting him. Back then.

Ah yes…

the-tooth-fairy-pictureWhile today he has announced he is playing Black Adam, back then that image might have been of a hard fit for…


Catch up with the rest of Mills's harrowing Hollywood tales right here…


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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