Known for his mesmerizing power-strut and his iconic "you're fired" catchphrase, Vince McMahon is the chairman and CEO of WWE. He is considered a visionary in the world of professional wrestling. And now he is set to main event his very own film, as TriStar Pictures is reportedly closing a deal on #Pandemonium — a Vince McMahon biopic.
Pandemonium was written by Craig A. Williams and will be produced by Andrew Lazar, Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment and Michael Luisi, the president of WWE Studios. Both Glenn Ficarra and John Requa — who direct and executive produce TV series This Is Us — are in talks to direct.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the script first began doing the rounds in Hollywood last summer. But at this point, it did not have WWE or Vince McMahon's approval. Thus, despite praise for the script, the interested studios did not want to antagonize the powerful WWE.
But Lazar was able to secure McMahon's life rights and the interest resurfaced, with TriStar's pitch winning out.
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A Story That Should Be Told
McMahon followed in his father's footsteps and added to his legacy in the wrestling business. WWE would eventually go on to become the most successful professional wrestling organization of all time.
Over the years, the company has produced some legendary names in the world of wrestling, including Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, Triple H, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Big Show and Bret Hart. And some of these athletes have gone on to have incredibly successful film careers, most notably Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
While we don't yet know who will be portraying the iconic sportsperson in Pandemonium, McMahon's story of success is undoubtedly one that the world should see on the big screen. The way in which he managed to take the regional world of wrestling and turn it into a global phenomenon was always a movie waiting to happen, and now it finally is. But with WWE Studios behind the production, fans will have to wonder: are we getting the real story behind the matches, or one that's carefully scripted?
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]