We’re Assuming NBC’s ’80s Pro Wrestling Show Will Have Lots Of Steroids, Sex, And Locker Room Drama
Jerry Bruckheimer - the producer behind movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean saga and Black Hawk Down, as well as TV shows like The Amazing Race and CSI, is teaming up with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, of WWE and Fast Five fame, on a new TV show. What subject will they be throwing their many, many, many combined dollars behind? One that makes sense given Johnson's background: pro wrestling.
NBC will film a pilot for a drama series based on the 1980s era of pro wrestling, when the then-WWF and WCW emerged as the two major competitors in the industry - and when the industry as a whole experienced more popularity than it ever had. While we're with Warming Glow that it's too early to say much about the show (except that the Bruckheimer-Rock combo makes us imagine it having the highest budget imaginable), we do know a couple things about the creative team behind the pilot. Via Deadline:
It will be written by Brent Fletcher and Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena), who will co-executive produce alongside KristieAnne Reed.
Fletcher's been involved in some beloved projects - he wrote episodes of Lost and Friday Night Lights (though sadly, his FNL episode wasn't one of the series' stronger efforts), and served as an "assistant to producers" for a while on Futurama. Fahey worked on the short-lived Kings, as well as Battlestar Galactica. These are impressive credits - of course, they don't guarantee anything for the new show, but it could certainly be in worse hands.
We wonder if this will work as an actual TV series, though. The pro wrestling boom of the 1980s seems like something better suited to a movie - either fictionalized or in documentary form. Will it hold up, having to produce new episodes week after week? Again...too early to tell. The Friday Night Lights concept appeared to work better as a movie, too. For now, we're just interested to see who the show casts (and if it'll be allowed to use actual wrestler names, etc.) - and if it doesn't succeed, it won't be for lack of Hollywood bigshots' backing.
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