By Tim Kenneally
NBC can smell what the Rock — and Jerry Bruckheimer — are cooking.
Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” producer Jerry Bruckheimer are teaming up to create a drama for the network centered around wrestling in the 1980s, the pair confirmed on their Twitter accounts Tuesday.
“Look forward to teaming up with @THEROCK on exciting new wrestling project,” Bruckheimer wrote. After which, a slightly less subdued Johnson chimed in, “Kickin’ Ass! Excited to partner up w @BruckheimerJB & @NBC to create 1980′s wrestling TV drama.”
“Scorpion King” actor Johnson served full-time as a wrestler on the World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment) circuit from 1996 until 2003, appearing part-time after that, only to ramp his involvement back up as the host of WrestleMania XXVII.
Bruckheimer’s recent ventures include the ABC reality competition “Take the Money & Run.”