Former Pro Wrestler Signs Development Deal
May 7, 2012
CMT has inked a development deal with actor and former WWE superstar Steve Austin, tapping him as host of a new 10-episode series, Redneck Island.
Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, Redneck Island takes 12 red, white and blue-collared Americans out of the South, far away from cold beer, and drops them in a tropical paradise where they will compete for $100,000. The series will debut in June, paired with a second season of CMT’s hit series, My Big Redneck Vacation.
As part of his development deal, Austin will look to produce additional series for CMT with his production company, Broken Skull Ranch Productions.
“I am thrilled to join the CMT family and for the opportunity to work with them on future projects,” Austin said. “I’m also excited to work with the great folks at 51 Minds Entertainment on Redneck Island. If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to keep a bunch of rednecks in line. And that’s the bottom line!”
Redneck Island begins with 12 men and women competing as teams in a fight for $100,000 cash. From a remote location, Austin will guide the contestants through a number of hilarious mental and physical challenges designed to celebrate the group’s strengths and limitations. At the end of each episode, teammates will send one competitor packing.
One of the most popular pro wrestling superstars of all time, Austin has been reinventing himself since retiring from the ring in 2003. The WWE Hall of Fame inductee hit the big screen in 2010 in Sylvester Stallone’s action thriller, The Expendables, co-starring alongside a who’s who in action films. He followed that project with the lead role in Damage, one of Fox Home Video’s best-selling releases.
In 2011, he starred in The Stranger and Hunt to Kill, both released by Anchor Bay. Austin also served as host for the USA Network’s hit reality series, Tough Enough. Future projects include The Package with Dolph Lungdren and Maximum Conviction with Steven Seagal.