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The Rock may remake ''Walking Tall''

The Rock may remake ''Walking Tall.'' He'd play a sheriff armed with a two-by-four in the update of the hit '70s movie series

Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson

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In the ring, the Rock is content to dispatch his opponents with his bare hands. In ”The Scorpion King,” he used a variety of arcane ancient weapons. In his next movie, he may use a 2-by-4. He’s in talks to play Buford Pusser, the real-life Tennessee sheriff immortalized in the 1973 film ”Walking Tall.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, MGM is hustling to get a remake into production by May, with the Rock on board.

The original ”Walking Tall,” which starred Joe Don Baker as the corruption-fighting sheriff, spawned two sequels and a TV series (which all starred Bo Svenson as Pusser). A May date for a remake would be key, since the wrestler/actor is already attached to Universal’s ”Spy Hunter,” Warner Bros.’ ”Johnny Bravo,” Paramount’s ”Walk Like a Dragon” and Sony’s ”Skip Tracer” and ”King Kamehameha.”

Originally posted January 23 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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