Mark Wahlberg to shoot reality TV pilot inspired by ‘The Fighter’ sisters
The Wahlberg family’s foray into reality TV continues.
Mark Wahlberg confirmed Friday he plans to produce a half-hour pilot for A&E inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “The Fighter.” Specifically, by the tough-talking sisters of the movie’s stars, Lowell-bred boxer Micky Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund.
The reality show, which doesn’t have a title yet, will focus on a few ordinary women from Boston as they cope with the everyday issues of work, family, relationships, and perhaps alcohol and drugs.
“Three young women from working-class Boston will do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams, move up and out,” reads the A&E pitch. “But can they ever truly leave their past of bad boys, bad choices, and bad behavior behind?”
In addition to Wahlberg, the show’s being produced by Stephen Levinson of Leverage, Bill Thompson of Bill Thompson Productions Inc., and reality TV veteran Stephanie Drachkovitch of 44 Blue Productions.
Thompson told us this is not a knockoff of “Jersey Shore.”
“We have zero interest in that type of show,” said Thompson, who’s repped by Boston entertainment attorney George Tobia. “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.”
This is actually Wahlberg’s second reality pilot at A&E. He recently filmed “Teamsters” for the network, which is focused on Boston’s Teamsters Local 25. It’s not known yet if the show will be picked up.
Reality TV has become something of a family affair for the Wahlbergs. Donnie Wahlberg is currently working on a show about the Boston Police Department, and Bob Wahlberg produced a pilot called “Boston Metal,” about a family-owned scrapyard in Brockton, which aired in September on the National Geographic Channel.