Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is heading back out on the field.
The pro-wrestler-turned-actor-producer (and former University of Miami defensive tackle) and producing partner Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions have partnered with production company Left/Right and sports agency Athletes First to create a documentary series about college football players’ intense preparation for the NFL draft. The series will follow some of the unique stories of the players and agents experiencing the physically and emotionally grueling four-month battle through All-Star games, the NFL Combine, Pro Day workouts and non-stop training in an all-out-effort to their achieve dreams of being drafted by an NFL team.
“As a former high school All-American football player and collegiate National Champion at University of Miami, I know how determined and relentlessly hard these athletes work and we’re inspired to share their stories. This series will show the commitment and heart required to achieve your dreams,” said Johnson.
Garcia added that they were excited to show audiences “this level of story-telling at such a critical time in these athletes’ lives. Raw, passionate and honest, the docu-series aligns perfectly with our Seven Bucks brand ethos and mission.”
Left/Right is known for scripted and reality shows like USA’s “Donny!,” Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” and VH1’s “Mob Wives,” which is why co-founder and co-president Banks Tarver said that “it is a true honor to work with partners of this caliber on such a great project. Dwayne, Dany, Seven Bucks and Athletes First are the best at what they do — we are happy to be in the mix.”
Ryan Williams, partner and VP of marketing at Athletes First, added “Athletes First is thrilled to partner with Seven Bucks Productions and Left/Right to document the hard work and dedication that our rookies go through as they transition from college to the NFL. Having witnessed this inspirational journey over a hundred times, we’re honored to partner with people who know what it takes to tell this story the right way.”
Johnson is making a name for himself in covering this genre. He stars as a sports financial manager in the HBO comedy “Ballers,” which he and Garcia also produce. Earlier this week, it was announced that Seven Bucks was working with 44 Blue Productions on a marching band docu-soap for Fuse.
Last year, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced it would air a docuseries following openly gay football player Michael Sam after he was drafted into the St. Louis Rams. The cabler quickly pulled the seriesthough, citing a need to let him focus on his football career. He was cut from that team at the end of training.