Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, perhaps the single busiest guy in Hollywood, has just announced his latest project: a sitcom based on his own life. Young Rock, which will follow Johnson through his teen years and the early days of his wrestling career, just got picked up for 11 episodes by NBC in a straight-to-series order.
“When we pitched the show to our friends at NBC, at the end of the pitch, all jaws were dropped and all hands were raised and they said ‘we are in 100%, you’re not allowed to pitch this anywhere else,'” says Johnson.
In addition to writing and producing, Johnson will also act in the series — although given that Young Rock is about, well, a young Rock, it’s pretty likely the 47-year-old performer won’t be playing himself. “We have found a really fun, creative way to weave me into the show, into every episode in a pretty cool way,” he said.
“We’re going to find young Rock wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii, when I was a teenager, getting arrested seemingly every single week, doing things I shouldn’t have been doing, but still a good kid,” he continued. “Then we got evicted off the island, and moved to, of all places Nashville, Tennessee, where I continued to get in trouble… Just imagine me at 15 in downtown Nashville, listening to honky tonk, buying my first car from a crackhead for $70 – I did talk him down so I was a pretty good negotiator! Then we go into high school years and then I became University of Miami football star, if you will, until I got beat out of my position by a guy by the name of Warren Sapp, who went on to become one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time.”
Young Rock will be co-written by Jeff Chiang and Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, who will also executive produce the show alongside Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
Source: Read Full Article