- Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa sold a buddy comedy to MGM in 2021.
- Bautista told Insider they are planning to shoot it in 2024.
- “Me and Jason together, I think it’s going to be a hit,” he said.
Since 2021, Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa have been working on trying to get a buddy comedy movie made, and it seems in 2024, it will become a reality for the two friends.
It all started in August 2021 after Bautista tweeted the idea into existence when he wrote: “Just going to throw this out into the atmosphere and see what happens. Here we go… Me and Momoa in a ‘Lethal Weapon’ type buddy cop movie directed by David Leitch. Ok! There it is. Now we wait.”
—Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 19, 2021
The wait wasn’t long. By November of that year, Deadline reported that the project, scripted by Jonathan Trooper (“The Adam Project”), was bought by MGM following a competitive bidding war. A director hasn’t been announced yet.
Both actors needed to find space in their busy schedules to make it. And Bautista believes next year will work.
“My schedule is kind of filling in, and I think he’s got ‘Minecraft,’ which is going to go this year and take up most of the year,” Bautista told Insider, who is shooting the sequel to “My Spy” next month.
“So now we are looking at early 2024,” he continued. “But we have a great script. MGM is still dedicated to doing this film. Me and Jason together, I think it’s going to be a hit.”
Around the time Bautista tweeted out the idea, his “See” and “Dune” costar Momoa also teased the movie on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” saying he wants to shoot it in Hawaii.
“Dave loves wearing Speedos, I love wearing board shorts, and both of us with our shirts off [in a] buddy cop film, he’ll be grumpy and I’ll be charming. Boom. It sells itself, bro,” he said.
“I’ve got the hair, he doesn’t have hair,” Momoa continued. “We cover all the demographics.”
Momoa will next be seen in “Fast X” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” later this year. Bautista stars in “Knock at the Cabin,” which is in theaters on Friday, and “Dune: Part Two” later this year.