Right after releasing "Pain and Gain", Wahlberg and Johnson are gearing up to collaborate on a TV series.
We already know Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson work well together, but for the very first time, the two are teaming up for the small screen. The project is a half hour dramedy series about the lives of retired athletes in LA and HBO has ordered the pilot, in which Johnson will star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is the brainchild of Entourage writer Steven Levinson, who has also signed on to write the script and executive produce alongside Wahlberg, Johnson, Dany Garcia and Peter Berg. Berg has also been named as the series’ director.
As far as HBO dramedies go, this is pretty much the dream team, with everyone involved having a substantial list of achievements behind them. Johnson in particular is a perfect fit for the project, because of his long-standing involvement in the world of sports, having played college football before kicking off his World Wrestling Federation career and becoming one of the sport's best known personalities. The announcement about this next role comes right on the heels of the hernia operation he had, for the injury, sustained during a championship match with John Cena. Cena won, in case you were wondering.
As for Wahlberg and Levinson, the two have a special relationship with HBO, having worked on numerous shows for the cable network, including Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America and In Treatment. If all goes according to plan, the pilot will be filmed in the fall.
Even after his hernia scare, Johnson remains positively tireless.