NBC has given an 11-episode straight-to-series order to Young Rock, a single-camera comedy inspired by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
The project comes from Johnson and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan.
“The show will feature Dwayne as he grows up through life,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy said during the network’s TCA executive session when announcing the project.
“It’s Dwayne’s life brought to life by a brilliant and soulful writer like Nahnatchka.” He noted that Young Rock was the first pitch Khan brought to NBC under her overall deal. She and Johnson pitched the concept together.
Young Rock will be based on the story of Johnson’s formative years, with Dwayne set to appear in each episode.
The pilot was co-written by Khan and another up-and-coming co-executive producer Jeff Chiang.
The series is produced by Universal Television, where Khan is in the first year of a four-year overall deal, Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Khan’s Fierce Baby Productions.
Executive producers are Chiang, Fierce Baby’s Khan and Jennifer Carreras and Severn Bucks’ Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz.