Are Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson BFFs? Possibly.
Not even a week after their made-in-Miami film Pain & Gain hit theaters, HBO has announced the two will team up yet again, this time for a half-hour dramedy about retired athletes in -- where else? -- Miami.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Johnson will star in the as-yet untitled series, while Wahlberg will act as executive producer. Stephen Levinson of Entourage and Boardwalk Empire fame is signed on to write the script and executive produce as well, along with Dany Garcia, who's produced a handful of movies and one WrestleMania, and Peter Berg, who's been tapped to direct the pilot.
THR notes that the new series "continues the premium cable network's relationship with Levinson and Wahlberg"; they've collaborated on In Treatment and How to Make It In America, in addition to Entourage and Boardwalk Empire. But it also marks the second announcement of a new HBO series to be set in Miami in the past month. In late April, news broke that John Legend was helping to create a series titled Down Lo about Miami's "sports and fashion circles."
According to THR, HBO plans to begin filming the new Johnson/Wahlberg project in fall 2013.
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