A Chris Benoit biopic is officially moving forward after Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans director, Lexi Alexander, joined the project this week.
The biopic, which is entitled Crossface (after Benoit's signature submission hold, the crippler crossface), has been rumored for some time, and will be based on Matthew Randazzo V's book, Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry.
Alexander told The Wrap she wasn't actively seeking to direct another film, but Crossface presented an opportunity too good to give up. "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,” Alexander explained. "A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling… I couldn’t say no to that."
Crossface will tell the story of former WWE wrestling superstar Chris Benoit as he tried to find a balance between being a family man, along with the mounting pressure of being a professional wrestler.
Benoit, a former two-time world champion, had been a professional wrestler for 22 years when he murdered his wife and son, before committing suicide in June 2007. Benoit was later posthumously diagnosed with severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), when it was discovered his brain was so severely damaged from his career as a wrestler that it "resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient."
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Source: The Wrap