Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg Bring ‘Pain & Gain’ to HBO with Miami-Set Pilot

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Just in case two hours and nine minutes, the run time of Pain & Gain, wasn’t long enough to sate your hunger for a beefed-up Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg going ape on the beaches of Florida, you might have weekly installments of the delicacy now: Entertainment Weekly reports that The Rock is set to produce and headline a new pilot for HBO, which centers on retired athletes living in Miami. Network mainstay Wahlberg is on board to executive produce.

We don’t know much more about the project yet, save for the fact that it will take the form of a half-hour dramedy and also involve the creative forces of Stephen Levinson, who has worked on EntourageIn Treatment, and Boardwalk Empire.

The thematic similarities to Pain & Gain are hard to ignore, although it will be a surprise if the series treads close to the extremes of Michael Bay’s black comedy. Unless we’re meant to expect a week-to-week episodic romp of Johnson trying, and failing, to kill an endless assortment of Sunshine State millionaires. Hey, it’d be better than  Entourage.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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