Chris Benoit was once one of the most feared athletes in the whole sport entertainment industry. His eagerness to take on any opponent made him a competitor to be wary of, and, over his career, he established himself as one of the greatest sports stars of the time.
It has recently been confirmed that a biopic on the athlete is to be made with the title of Crossface, a nod to his finishing move that made several dozen of his competitors submit during matches. There are rumors that the movie will feature several mentions and references to frequent drug and steroid use.
Benoit's death in 2007 saw tributes pour in from around the world; however, as the investigation went on, it was revealed the star had murdered his wife and young son before committing suicide. His actions were blamed on alcohol, drugs and repeated blows to the head -- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) -- inflicted upon him over his many years in the ring.
The shock of the tragedy resulted in WWE removing any trace of Benoit from their promotional materials, adverts, etc.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE is not at all happy about the fact that there is going to be a film made about Benoit. The news of the biopic also comes at a time when the WWE's wellness policy has been violated, with Diva Paige as the most recent star to have been suspended for the second time.
Although few specific details about the film are known as of this moment, Lexi Alexander, perhaps best known for his work on Arrow and Supergirl, is confirmed to direct. Speaking to Variety about why she got involved with the project, she said:
“I was pretty certain I’d stay in TV rather than returning to the feature world, because the material just seems so much better in TV, especially in drama, but then Crossface came my way, A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling ... I couldn’t say no to that.”
Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee are producing the biopic, with Ram Getz and Matthew Randazzo V executive producing.