Fresh off setting a new all-time PPV buyrate record in the world of professional wrestling with WrestleMania XXVIII, Deadline.com reports that Actor/WWE Superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is getting ready to add the role of producer to his lengthy resume. Johnson is currently developing a new reality competition series entitled The Hero.
The once and future "People's Champion" is teaming with his producing partner (and ex-wife) Dani Garcia and Ben Silverman's Electus Entertainment studio on the new venture, which does not have a network attached as of yet, but is sure to find one soon with such a big name involved. The show will send a group of everyday people on a global high stakes adventure all in search of the next big "Hero". Not yet clear is what exactly the winner receives. Money? A part in one of Johnson's action films? Or something else entirely?
The show's format is described by producers as such - "Three teams will simultaneously be stationed on three different continents where they will face moral dilemmas testing their courage, leadership skills and self-sacrifice limits." Overall, the setup clearly invokes both The Amazing Race and Survivor, but if you're looking to create a successful reality competition series, why wouldn't you borrow from the grandfathers of the genre? No word yet on if Rocky himself will actually appear on the series or simply remain behind the scenes. My bet would be that he'll show up on camera, if not to host the series, then at least for a challenge or two. There's no point in working with a bankable talent and not featuring him.
Do you smell what The Rock is cookin' here? Will you tune in to The Hero? Or are you sick of the reality competition genre and will avoid this show like a direct to video sequel to The Tooth Fairy starring Larry The Cable Guy? Which sadly does exist. Raise your people's eyebrows below.