Rival ‘roided out projects! Earlier this month, news broke that HBO was developing a half-hour dramedy about current and former athletes living in Miami executive produced by and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Today, the Hollywood Reporter has the story that Arnold Schwarzenegger is also potentially headed to the small screen with a cable project of his own. He’s sold a drama called “Pump” to Showtime, and it will be about how the present-day fitness industry and the culture surrounding it originated in the bare-bones Pacific Avenue gym of the title.
While The Rock’s project is a half-hour, The Governator’s is an hourlong effort, and it’s set in Venice Beach, CA in the early ’70s. Schwarzenegger won’t play the lead in “Pump,” should it be ordered to series, but will recur as well as serving as an executive producer. “Pump” is being written by Michael Konyves (“Barney’s Version”), who’ll also serve as an EP alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Co.
Post political career, Schwarzenegger’s been diving back into showbiz, with roles in “The Expendables 2,” “The Last Stand” and the upcoming “Escape Plan.” And, obviously, the former Mr. Universe knows the bodybuilding world very well. Here’s a clip from his pumping iron days in, erm, “Pumping Iron”: