Variety is reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is developing a wrestling comedy series for FOX through his Seven Bucks Productions company. Joining Johnson in producing this show will be Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions company while Andrew Gurland will write the pilot.
The single-cam, hourlong comedy series offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young character and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. “A fish-out-of-water among all of these alpha males, this beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling,” Variety wrote.
It’s based on The Rock’s character and Brian Gewirtz, the former WWE head writer who now works for The Rock and the man who was in charge of scripting The Rock’s promos during his WWE days.
“This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut,” said Johnson. “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 added, “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.”