As if Mark Wahlberg doesn’t already do enough in Hollywood, now he is adding another notch to his belt. He is working on a new film, 2 Guns, the ongoing project of the Entouragefilm, and a million other things. Now, he is also producing a new project which they have tentatively called Teamsters, an unscripted A&E project featuring the union, Teamsters Local 25 in Boston. It has been described as a “cutting-edge show that promises to be like nothing else on television.” Are you excited about this new pilot?
Teamsters provides a first-hand glimpse of the legendary union in the most aggressive and territorial city in America: Boston. Here, the Teamsters Local 25 battle for the rights of their 11,000 members. [Thompson] first started exploring the idea for a show about Teamsters after watching the dramatic events in Wisconsin last summer, when local union members invaded the statehouse to protest anti-union legislation. WME introduced him to Boston born-and-bred Wahlberg, who was instrumental in locking in Teamsters Local 25 in his hometown. Wahlberg has an extra personal connection to the project — his dad was a Teamster truck driver in Boston. Teamsters is envisioned as a reality franchise that would showcase unions in different cities, starting with Boston.
I am not surprised that Mark is working on a potential reality franchise that could work across the country exploring different unions and different cities. He is after all the ultimate TV and film savvy entrepreneur. I’m pretty excited about this new project because it is has the potential to show real insight into some of America’s most unique characters. Mark is from Boston and his dad was part of the Teamsters union so he is personally attached to the project. I’m sure he is going to put a lot of work into getting it off the ground because it is important to him. To be honest, I’m not 1oo% clear what the show will be or how it will function as an unscripted ‘reality’ show, but more details should come later. If they’re calling it “cutting edge” and “like nothing else on television” this is pretty exciting and I’m in. What do you think?