Dwayne Johnson, the hardest working very muscular man in show business, seems to like working in TV these days. Fox has acquired the rights to an hour-long single camera comedy about a fictional wrestler, loosely based on real-life experiences by the Rock and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz. According to Variety, the series, produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Will 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 and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling.”
In a statement, the Rock, who has four movies (Moana, Furious 8, Baywatch, and Jumanji) coming out between now and July 2017, not to mention season three of Ballers, said, “This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my 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.”
If the Rock could throw in a story about playing Bigfoot next to Ferrell’s Neil Diamond on SNL, that would be helpful, too.