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April 20, 2020

Dwayne Johnson, Issa Rae, Dany Garcia Team for Backyard Wrestling Series at HBO

Dwayne Johnson, Issa Rae, and Dany Garcia are set to executive produce a half-hour series in development at HBO about the creation of a backyard wrestling promotion, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is currently titled “TRE CNT” (a.k.a “TRE COUNT”) and hails from writer Mohamad El Masri. The series focuses on Cassius Jones, a young dock worker and struggling pro-wrestler, who uses inherited life-insurance money for start-up cash and the deed to a shotgun house from his grandfather to start a hip-hop centric backyard wrestling empire in Houston’s Third Ward (The Tre) with the help of his working-class family, neighbors, and friends.

El Masri is an executive producer on the project in addition to writing. Judah Miller will executive produce and serve as showrunner. Johnson and Garcia will executive produce along with Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Rae and Montrel McKay will executive produce via Issa Rae Productions. Dave Becky, Tom Lassally, and Jonathan Berry will executive produce for 3 Arts Entertainment.

Johnson’s involvement brings a layer of authenticity to the project, as he previously wrestled as The Rock in WWE. During his time with that promotion, he rose to be one of the most famous pro wrestlers of all time, winning numerous championships and regularly headlining major pay-per-views.

To read more from Variety, click here.

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