With a hit HBO television series and numerous films in various stages of production, box office superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. And his newest project is taking the former WWE champion back to his roots in the wrestling world.
Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will team with Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions to create a wrestling-themed comedy series for Fox.
Inspired by the real-life experiences of Johnson and former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, the untitled series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the wrestling world, according to Variety, and the friendship that develops between a charismatic new talent and an awkward comedy writer.
Johnson spoke about his passion for this new project in a statement, adding that next month will mark the 20th anniversary of his professional wrestling debut.
“I was 24 years old, putting in the hard work, making 40 bucks per match, and had no clue of the long journey that lay ahead of me with characters and backstage stories so colorful you’d think there’s no way that can be true. The entertaining show that goes on in front of the crowd pales in comparison to the insanely entertaining show that goes on backstage. Brian and myself can’t wait to tell our stories.”
Gewirtz also chimed in about his own experiences in pro wrestling, and how they’ll be used to shape the series.
“Coming from Hollywood to the wrestling industry, with its intense backstage atmosphere and larger than life personalities, was a major culture shock. After working in the business for over 15 years, Dwayne and I had encounters and experiences that were unbelievable as well as unforgettable. We can’t wait to bring this project to the fans.”
The series has been given a put pilot commitment by Fox, meaning the network will have to air it in some form, or pay a substantial financial penalty to Johnson’s team. Married creator Andrew Gurland has been tapped to script the pilot.
If the series is picked up, fans could expect it next fall.
In the meantime, Johnson has a number of other projects that will keep him in the public eye, including next year’s Baywatch, Fast 8, and the Jumanji reboot, which he’s currently filming with Kevin Hart and Jack Black.
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