Mark Wahlberg brings 'Fighter'-inspired pilot to A&E

Mark Wahlberg is going back to the “Fighter” well one more time.

Mark Wahlberg

Wahlberg’s feature “The Fighter” was nominated for an Oscar, and now it has inspired a docu- reality series that has received a pilot order from A&E. He exec produces the half-hour project through his Closest to the Hole productions.

The project is inspired by the loud-mouth, big-haired, pushy, fighting sisters of Micky Ward (played by Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklung (played by Christian Bale) in “The Fighter.” The untitled project is intending to show some of the real women of Boston, Massachusetts, showing the real daily life of these tough ladies who juggle family, work and relationships while remaining hard as nails.

Frequent collaborator Stephen Levinson of Leverage and Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Productions are also participating. Levinson and Wahlberg were executive producers on the long-running HBO series “Entourage.” The three men also did a pilot called “Teamsters” for A&E, about Teamsters Local 25 in Boston.

“The Fighter” received seven Oscar nominations, and Bale and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actor awards.

Filming will begin in a few weeks.

Wahlberg recently starred in “Ted” last summer. He will also play the lead in the newest “Transformers” film.

- A&E

Written by: KurtK26
Nov 16th, 2012, 9:29 am


Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2012, 5:59 pm
Likely I'm in the minority with this, but these fighter-themes, I just find them un-interesting. (I opted not to see The Fighter, although many told me it was worthwhile, because I find the subject matter to be... tedious - I'm not offended by it, or am motivated by anti-organized-violence sentiments, it's just not interesting to me). So, will-not-watch.
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