When Dwayne Johnson wrestled under his ring name, "The Rock;" he was one of the biggest stars of the WWF/WWE during what has become known as "the attitude era." But now that Johnson is attached to a new wrestling project, he's looking back at the generation prior to his heyday in sports entertainment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer are producing a new drama pilot for NBC that takes follows wrestlers during the '80s. Brent Fletcher ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand") and Seamus Kevin Fahey ("The Forgotten") are writing the pilot script and will serve as co-executive producers alongside Johnson, Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed ("Dark Blue").
The '80s featured the rise of some of the greatest performers in the World Wrestling Federation (as WWE was once called), including Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage," Rickey Steamboat," Roddy Piper, Jake "The Snake" Roberts," Bret "The Hitman" Hart and several others. At the same time, the rival NWA featured Ric Flair at his peak, with the Four Horsemen, Sting, Lex Luger, the Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes and more.
It's not clear from the announcement if the currently untitled wrestling drama will use actors to portray the wrestlers of that era or if the show will simply use close approximations of their personas within the world of the show. It's also not clear if Johnson will appear as an actor within the pilot, despite his obvious familiarity with the subject matter.
During his eight year run in the WWE, Johnson was one of the company's biggest stars who went to achieve fame outside of wrestling; which lead Johnson to leave wrestling to pursue a full time acting career. He has since starred in several movies, including "Fast Five," "Be Cool," "Walking Tall," "Race To Witch Mountain," "Get Smart" and "Doom."
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