Johnson escapes to 'Witch Mountain'


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in negotiations to topline "Witch Mountain," Walt Disney Pictures' modern re-imagining of its classic 1975 adventure movie "Escape to Witch Mountain." Andy Fickman is on board to direct, while Disney-based Andrew Gunn is producing via his Gunn Films banner.

The story follows a pair of siblings, endowed with paranormal powers, who go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities. Johnson will play a Las Vegas cab driver who is in for the ride of his life when he picks up the duo.

Matt Lopez wrote the current 'Witch' draft.

Gunn Films' Ann Marie Sanderlin is executive producing. Brigham Taylor and Casey Wolfe are overseeing for Disney.

The studio is eyeing a March 2008 start date.

The casting will reteam Johnson with Fickman, for whom he starred in "The Game Plan," Disney's upcoming family comedy.

Johnson is repped by UTA.