Stephen Amell has teased in recent weeks that he already has a new series that he has signed on to do after Arrow… today via Deadline, news came out as to what that actually is.
The Starz cable channel has already picked up Heels which blends drama with independent professional wrestling. It’s written by Michael Waldron and Mike O’Malley is set as showrunner, and an 8-episode first season is already picked up with Amell’s signing on.
“Hey @CodyRhodes — wanna come and help me make a tv show?,” Stephen Tweeted soon after the project announcement came out, which makes us think that Cody Runnels who played Derek Sampson on Arrow might also be involved. Dare we to wish that James Bamford can direct at some point.
Here’s how the project is described:
Heels is about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals — one of them played by Amell — war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.
In the ring, Amell’s Jack Spade is the charismatic villain, or heel, of the Duffy Wrestling Association (DWA). In the real world, he’s its hard-working owner, a husband and father trying to make ends meet while fighting to realize his impossible dreams. He has the mind of an artist in the body of a warrior, and a Steve Jobs-ian need for perfection — and for control. He says he’ll do whatever it takes to build the DWA into an empire. Will he go so far as to risk his marriage, or his relationship with his brother?