12:41pm PT by Rick Porter
Dwayne Johnson, Issa Rae Team for HBO Wrestling Show
HBO is getting back into the ring with Dwayne Johnson.
The WWE legend and former Ballers star will executive produce a show about backyard wrestling that is in development at the premium cabler. His Seven Bucks Productions partner, Dany Garcia, and Insecure creator and star Issa Rae are also exec producing.
Titled Tre Cnt (or Tre Count), the show centers on Cassius Jones, a dock worker and struggling pro wrestler who lives in Houston's Third Ward, also known as The Tre. It will follow working-class family, neighbors and friends of Cassius who come together — pooling their talents, resources, savvy and dreams — to build a unique hip-hop-centric backyard-wrestling empire from nothing, with Cassius using inherited life insurance money and the deed to a shotgun house from his grandfather to start his American dream.
Mohamad El Masri (HBO's Here and Now, Apple's forthcoming Brie Larson-led CIA drama) is writing and exec producing, and Judah Miller (American Dad, Crashing) is set to serve as showrunner. Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions also will exec produce, along with Rae and Montrel McKay of Issa Rae Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment's Dave Becky, Tom Lassally and Jonathan Barry.
Along with the HBO project, Johnson also has the comedy Young Rock in the works at NBC. That project, which has a straight-to-series order, is inspired by his life and will look back at Johnson's formative years; he's also set to appear in each episode.
Tre Cnt joins a roster of upcoming projects and in-the-works efforts at HBO that includes Adam McKay and Max Borenstein's 1980s L.A. Lakers drama; a limited series about Jeffrey Epstein, also from McKay; an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, exec produced by Amy Adams; Joss Whedon's Victorian superhero show The Nevers; J.J. Abrams' Demimonde; and the Kate Winslet starrer Mare of Easttown, among others.
Variety first reported the news.