Momoa and Bautista, good buds in real life, came up with the pitch for the film with Jonathan Tropper, known for co-creating series Banshee and creating martial arts drama series Warrior. Tropper has also worked as writer and executive producer/showrunner on Apple series See, which Momoa stars in and Bautista had a role in in the second season.
The pair were fishing the project through Hollywood this week, and it didn’t take long for them to get a bite. As reported by Deadline, MGM looks to be the studio that’s won the auction, on board to develop it, with the two stars reportedly lining up “rich deals that kick in when the picture goes into production”.
Bautista took to Twitter to put forth the idea that he and Momoa should be in a buddy cop film and, as Momoa told James Corden (below) back in August, texted his buddy the proposition. Momoa loved it, saying they should film it in Hawaii.
“Dave loves wearing speedos; I love wearing board shorts, you know. Both of us with our shirts off, buddy cop film, he’ll be grumpy and I’ll be charming – boom, it sells itself!”
As of now, this film is expected to be hitting production in 2023.
Momoa’s upcoming credits include DC sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, western The Last Manhunt, and adventure comedy Slumberland. Bautista has Marvel threequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Netflix sequel Knives Out 2. They were both recently seen in sci-fi epic Dune, although they didn’t have scenes together.