Last Friday, the Rock made the announcement that he will be going back to wrestling, or rather to a wrestling-related comedy, in tandem with Hollywood actor Will Ferrell. According to an official statement, the Rocks’ production company Seven Bucks Productions, will be teaming up with Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions to create a television pilot for Fox for the as of yet untitled series.
Reports indicate that the story will be based on the relationship between the Rock and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz, giving fans a glimpse of the actor’s early wrestling career. The Rock’s Instagram also made the announcement that the Pilot will be written by Andrew Gurland and also have input from Academy Award winner Adam McKay. You can also check out his post below.
EXCLUSIVE: Our @sevenbucksprod teams up with Will Ferrell's #GarySanchezProductions and @FOXTV to create a comedy based off of the real life wrestling experiences of myself and former @WWE Head Writer, Brian Gewirtz (who's now our @sevenbucksprod's SVP of Television). Brian and I formed an unlikely duo back in 1999 when he first joined WWE and became my writing partner. We've always said the entertaining show we put on every night in front of thousands of fans, paled in comparison to the entertaining show that took place BEHIND THE CURTAIN with all the colorful characters we did business with over the years. Our guy @gurlanding will write and big shout to Academy Award winner director/writer Adam McKay for partnering up on this one. This'll be fun!! #ThoseEarlyDays #JohnsonGewirtz #LetTheGoodTimesRoll
“This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut,” The Rock shared during an interview with Variety. “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.”
Based on the show’s description, the sitcom will not just offer a glimpse into the Rock’s early career, but a glimpse into the lives of professional wrestlers inside and outside the ring.
“The 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, like the The Rock, and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling,” shared sources. “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.”
No date has been confirmed for the release of the pilot, but wrestling and comedy fans alike should definitely look forward to this new series.
Can you smell what the Rock (and Will Ferrell) are cooking?
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