Netflix has secured the rights to a family action adventure film written by Tom Wheeler (“The Lego Ninjago Movie”) currently entitled “John Henry and The Statesmen”. The film will be directed by Jake Kasdan and star Dwayne Johnson in a follow up to their incredibly successful “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”. While little detail is know, it is said that the film will feature an ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world. Oh, and there’s also a mini teaser below.
John Henry is an African American folk hero. He is said to have worked as a “steel-driving man”—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel. According to legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam-powered rock drilling machine, a race that he won only to die in victory with hammer in hand as his heart gave out from stress. The story of John Henry is told in a classic folk song, which exists in many versions, and has been the subject of numerous stories, plays, books, and novels. Various locations, including Big Bend Tunnel in West Virginia, Lewis Tunnel in Virginia, and Coosa Mountain Tunnel in Alabama, have been suggested as the site of the contest.