EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg‘s Oscar-nominated feature The Fighter is the inspiration for a docu reality series. Wahlberg executive produces the half-hour project, which has received a pilot order from A&E. Inspired by the scene-stealing, big-haired, loud-talking, punch-throwing sisters of Wahlberg’s Micky Ward and Christian Bale’s Dicky Eklund in Fighter, the untitled Mark Wahlberg Boston Women Project showcases the real women of Boston, featuring the day-to-day life of four of these tough, hard-as-nails women who juggle family, work, and relationships all while remaining true to their way of life. Wahlberg is executive producing through his Closest to the Hole Prods, along with frequent collaborator Stephen Levinson of Leverage, Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Prods Inc and veteran reality producer Stephanie Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Prods. Filming is slated to begin in a few weeks.
This is the second Boston-set docu reality pilot at A&E for Wahlberg, Levinson and Thompson, joining Teamsters, which was just completed. It features the Teamsters Local 25 in Beantown. The Fighter, which Wahlberg produced and starred in, landed seven Oscar nominations last year, including best picture, and won two, for supporting actors Bale and Melissa Leo. Wahlberg is coming off his starring role in the summer blockbuster Ted and just signed on as the lead in the next Transformers movie.