HBO picks up Dwayne Johnson series about fictional football players


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HBO has paved the way for premiere entertainment, and they have made another move to keep the network one of the hottest commodities on the market. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up a series starring Dwayne Johnson that will focus on the fictional lives of current and retired professional athletes.

The series will be called Ballers and already has a slew of big names attached to the project. In addition to Johnson, Rob Corddry is attached to co-star with Mark Wahlberg bringing his producing talents to the show. Director Peter Berg is lined up to shoot the pilot while writer Stephen Levinson is attached to the writing staff.

Per THR.com:

HBO has picked up to series Ballers, the half-hour dramedy starring the Pain & Gain alum, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Ballers examines the lives of a group of former and current football players.

The series is being billed as a ‘dramedy’, which means guys like Corddry and Johnson will come heavy with the laughs but the show will also focus on more serious topics. Given that he series revolves around football, the issues of steroid use, drug addiction and head trauma are al likely themes the be running throughout the show.

No release date for the pilot episode has been announced yet by HBO.

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