The Hollywood Reporter states that a biopic called Pandemonium, based on the life of the owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon, is in the works at Tristar Pictures. Andrew Lazar, producer of the film American Sniper, is producing the film. Craig A. Williams is the screenwriter. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers on the show This Is Us, are set to direct the film. WWE Studios will be producing the movie as well.
The film had been in development for a while yet studios have not wanted to touch it without McMahon's approval. That approval was recently obtained by Lazar. A number of studios expressed interest in financing the film with Tristar Pictures winning out.
This is actually a pretty smart idea from the WWE if they want to increase the visibility of their WWE Studios brand. Vince McMahon has been one of the most fascinating people in the entertainment industry for close to fifty years now. From his early childhood living in a trailer in North Carolina with his mother, seeing numerous male figures in his life physically abuse her, meeting his father, a wrestling promotor based out of New York, for the first time at age 12, buying the family business and taking it from a regional to a global company, there's a lot of rich material that could be mined for a fascinating movie.
The only problem I could see would be the WWE having a say in the story. Anyone that watches the WWE Network knows that when the company makes documentaries, the story they tell doesn't always match up with the facts of how things really went down. As the old saying goes, history is written by the victors. The WWE became the company that defined what people view as wrestling today. Since they own the vast majority of the video library encompassing wrestling's history, if they change some things around to fit their narrative, that's their prerogative. Yet it makes me skeptical the company would make an honest to goodness, warts and all biopic about Vince.
So what do you think? Would you see a biopic on Vince McMahon? Who could you see play him in a movie? If the movie hits theaters, would they sanitize the movie to make the WWE happy? Sound off in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter