Mark Wahlberg producing A&E reality series inspired by ‘The Fighter’

By Daniel S Levine,

Mark Wahlberg is going back to his hometown of Boston for an A&E reality series inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Fighter. Wahlberg will produce the half-hour project.

According to Deadline, the project is inspired by the sisters of Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the characters played by Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter, which was based on a true story.

The series is still untitled, but it will focus on four strong Boston women as they deal with the everyday challenges that comes with their family, friends and work.

Wahlberg has signed on to executive produce through his Closest to the Hole Productions. Leverage’s Stephen Levinson will produce with Bill Thompson and veteran reality series producer Stephanie Drachkovitch.

Thompson promised to Boston.com that this will not be Jersey Shore in Boston.

“We have zero interest in that type of show,” he explained. “This is more like, ‘What would happen if we gave these girls a shot?’ Maybe they’ll succeed and maybe they’ll crash and burn.”

Wahlberg also teamed up with Thompson for Teamsters, which will also air on A&E. That focuses on Boston’s Teamsters Local 25.

The Fighter was directed by David O. Russell and was nominated for Best Picture. Bale and Melissa Leo both won Best Supporting Oscars for their performances.

Wahlberg was recently cast in Transformers 4.



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