Dwayne Johnson to produce a youth prison boot camp documentary for HBO | EW.com


Dwayne Johnson to produce a youth prison boot camp documentary for HBO

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Coming right off the news that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s production company landed a script deal with Fox for a new cop show, Johnson has another project to announce, and this one reunites him with HBO.

Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Johnson and Dany Garcia, is joining 44 Blue Productions and HBO to produce Rock and a Hard Place, a documentary that will take viewers inside a youth prison boot camp. 

Rock and a Hard Place captures the lives of incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. This one-of-a-kind program reports a recidivism rate close to 9 percent, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70 percent,” said a press release about the production.

The film, which was inspired by Johnson’s own experiences with the law, will follow a six-month program at the camp. Johnson is set to appear in the doc alongside a handful of other producers and filmmakers Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert, who directed the film. According to the release, Johnson visits the boot camp to speak with some of the young offenders and ultimately, observe their introduction to the camp.

“By the time I was 16, I had been arrested eight or nine times for a variety of things, and can relate to what these kids are going through,” Johnson said in the release. 

Rock and a Hard Place will debut in May exclusively on HBO.