Simon West To Direct Johnson’s ‘Protection’

Source: IM Global

In a swift one-two move, IM Global first replaced Clive Owen with Dwayne Johnson in their developing action thriller Protection and has now secured director Simon West to lens the film.

Johnson will star as ‘Hombre’ in the $35 million budgeted, high-octane tale of a mercenary Mexico City security operative forced to smuggle the daughter of an under-threat, high ranking judge and the judge’s chief legal counsel across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops, drug lords and white collar U.S. criminal forces.

Written by Brandon Noonan, the film will be produced by Robert Lawrence, along with Gordon Gray and Marc Ciardi of Mayhem Pictures. It is scheduled to start shooting in New Mexico this fall.

West, who was behind some of the biggest hits on the late 1990’s and early 2000’s including Con Air, The General’s Daughter and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, hasn’t directed an American film since 2006’s When A Stranger Calls.