MGM lands deal for buddy cop movie featuring Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista

MGM studio reportedly won a four-way bidding war to secure the rights for Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista's buddy cop movie.


Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista have starred in several of their own big films in recent years and the two have worked together a handful of times on-screen as well. However, Momoa and Bautista have never had the chance to take the lead roles together in the same movie. It appears that this is about to change soon though, as MGM just secured the rights for an untitled buddy comedy action film starting the unlikely comedic duo.

Bautista's co-starred in several comedy films before, but not with someone who's literally quite as large as him.

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When is the release date of Momoa and Bautista's buddy cop movie?

It will be interesting to see how the on-screen dynamic between these two large Hollywood superstars will work out in the buddy cop movie.

Earlier this year, Bautista openly lobbied to do a buddy cop film with Momoa. A few days later, Momoa confirmed that the movie is happening. Now, it appears that the film has found a studio in MGM, who reportedly won the rights after winning a four-way bidding war.

The report comes courtesy of Deadline, saying that Momoa and Bautista pitched the idea "all over town this week." Deadline claims that MGM is expected to close the deal "by morning" with Bautista effectively confirming this news on Twitter by saying "Two months and 11 days. Wait time acceptable!"

At the time, the untitled buddy cop movie doesn't have a director yet. However, with two of the biggest (quite literally) action stars in Hollywood as its leading men and Jonathan Tropper as the film's writer, we don't think that the project will have a hard time finding a director. It is believed that the movie will start filming sometime in 2023, so don't expect the film to premiere until late 2023 if not 2024.

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As we've already mentioned, Momoa and Bautista have worked together already in the past. However, this will mark the first big movie that the two will be cast in lead roles together. The two most recently appeared in Dune: Part One, but they did not share any scenes.

If you'd like to see the on-screen chemistry between Momoa and Bautista, you can watch Apple TV's See where Bautista's Edo Voss plays the opposite of Momoa's Baba Voss.

Ray Ampoloquio
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