*Dwayne Johnson will channel The Rock for his latest TV project.
Fox has picked up a comedy from the former wrestler and producer Will Ferrell, inspired by the real life experiences of Johnson and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz, reports Variety.
The untitled project, from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, 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, like the The Rock, 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.
“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.”
The project received a put pilot commitment at Fox. Andrew Gurland, who created FX’s “Married,” will write the pilot script.
The project is the latest for Johnson, whose HBO series “Ballers” was recently renewed for a third season. He also just entered the digital arena with his new YouTube channel.
Among his films in the pipeline are “Fast 8,” “Rampage,” the “Baywatch” reboot, the sequel to box-office hit “San Andreas,” Disney’s animated “Moana” and the “Jumanji” reboot, which he’s currently filming in Hawaii.