Showtime is getting into business with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a drama project loosely based on the star’s early days in the United States.
The show is called “Pump,” and it’s set at a bodybuilding gym of that name in early 1970s Los Angeles (Schwarzenegger trained at the first Gold’s Gym in Venice). The show will trace the origins of the fitness boom through the gym’s regulars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Schwarzenegger will be an executive producer of “Pump,” and if the show goes to series, he plans to play a recurring part. Writer Michael Konyves (“Barney’s Version”) and Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) are also executive producers.
Schwarzenegger is a seven-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion, and his appearance in the 1977 movie “Pumping Iron” helped launch his film career. He’s returned to Hollywood since leaving the California governor’s office in 2011.