Partial Source: Pwinsider.com
New Line bought the project based on an illustration from Alex Panagopoulos, a Greek software engineer turned fantasy artist. It features a little girl asleep in bed while a small brown teddy bear with a wooden sword and shield fighting off an enormous, fanged monster. The caption reads: “Teddy Bears: Protecting innocent children from monsters under the bed since 1902.” The teddy bear was invented in 1902 by Morris Michtom, who was inspired by a political cartoon featuring President Theodore Roosevelt and a bear he refused to shoot.
Hiram Garcia, a former assistant to Johnson, found the illustration and brought it to Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo and New Line. Flynn and Johnson previously made Journey 2: The Mysterious Island together. Garcia was an associated producer. The film made nearly $328 million worldwide.
Johnson, Flynn and Garcia will produce while Michael Disco and Sam Brown will oversee for New Line; Adam Yoelin is handling things for FlynnPictureCo.
No writer is attached and the story is being kept secret, but New Line is hoping for a huge franchise, especially after the success of Universal’s $500 million hit Ted, although this will have a much different tone.
Johnson, meanwhile, is going to have a big 2013. His next film is Snitch from Summit, followed by G.I Joe: Retaliation, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain and The Fast and the Furious 6.
— For those of you who like to stay up on Tuesday night’s for WWE SmackDown and Main Event **SPOILERS**, this is just a fair warning that it’ll be a late night tonight as they are out on the west coast. That means a 3+ hour delay for everyone. We’re looking at 1AM or later for those of you on the east coast. Just a heads up for ya’.
— Below are the segments that were removed from RAW on Hulu this week:
*The video package on Mick Foley being the first inductee in the 2013 Hall of Fame.
*The Big Show vs. Zack Ryder match, with Brad Maddox, aka Eric Bischoff Jr., on commentary. Big Show talked about his Last Man Standing match afterwords.
*The Heath Slater w/3MB vs. Ryback match, which featured an in-ring promo by Ryback.
*Dolph Ziggler’s entrance for his Beat the Clock Challenge match with The Miz.
*The Kaitlyn vs. Alicia Fox match.
*The entrances of Sheamus and Wade Barrett for their Beat the Clock Challenge match against each other.