Dwayne Johnson is leading the charge on a film adaptation of It Takes Two for Prime Video.
The Red Notice star has signed on to co-produce the project alongside Amazon Studios (per Variety), with Sonic the Hedgehog duo Pat Casey and Josh Miller serving as lead writers. It’s not yet known if Johnson himself will star in the film, though Variety reports that remains a possibility at this early stage of development.
Considered one of best games of 2021, It takes two tells the endearing story of parents Cody and May, a bickering couple who find themselves (thanks to a little magic) playing as two of their daughter’s handmade dolls. The couple must work together to escape their predicament – while taking relationship advice from an anthropomorphic therapy book determined to prevent their divorce.
If that sounds like an offbeat story choice for a Hollywood mega-star like Dwayne Johnson, you’re not the only one who thinks so. Johnson has experience adapting video games for the big screen — he starred in 2005’s Doom and 2018’s Rampage — but It Takes Two falls far short of the bullets and brawn of his previous projects.
Alongside Johnson and frequent collaborators Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, original It Takes Two developers Josef Fares and Oskar Wolontis of Hazelight Studios will also produce the film – suggesting fans will be treated to a faithful retelling of the story by Cody and May.
Is this the “badass” video game adaptation Johnson teased?
While promoting his next DCEU movieBlack Adam, in January 2022, Johnson teased men’s health that he was working on a film adaptation for “one of the biggest, badass games” of all time.
“I can’t tell you what particular game we’re doing, but there will be an announcement this year,” the actor said at the time. “I’m really excited to bring it to fans around the world. Of course, we’re going to do the right thing for our fellow gamers, but really, we’re just going to make a great movie.”
Could It Takes Two be the mystery movie Johnson was referring to? In our opinion, no. As brilliant as Hazelight Studios’ platformer is, you’d be hard pressed to justify describing it as “badass.” Additionally, Johnson revealed that the game in question is one “that [he’s] played for years” – It Takes Two was only released in March 2021.
So it’s almost certain that Johnson was referring to another video game title. He has already expressed a love for the mad and Call of Duty franchises, while armament of war and fortnite were presented as other possible candidates.
In any case, given that the actor has promised that an announcement will arrive “this year”, we expect confirmation of the mystery title in the coming months.
Until then, we’re very excited to see Johnson’s vision for an It Takes Two movie. Sure, it’s an unexpected choice for a man of his, uh, stature, but the game’s story definitely lends itself to a Borrowers-style adaptation.
No release date has yet been slated for the project, but we don’t expect It Takes Two to arrive on First video until 2023 at the earliest.