Many of you that follow the te know I have a secret pason for the "sport" of profesonal wrestling. Yes, I know it is as fake as skim milk but no one ever seems to bring up the fact that movies are also fake? So for whatever reason fans of wrestling tend to hide their love. Regardless of whether you enjoy "rasslin" or not, the behind-the-scenes stories are often more fascinating then the scripted elements that make TV each week. Such is the case with "The Canadian Crippler" Chris Beniot.
I followed Beniot's career as he came up through the ranks and yes I was a fan of his work in the ring. Which was all the more shocker to me when I found out he brutally killed his wife and child and then hung himself in his very own home gym. The pressures of life got to this man and apparently they are going to make a movie about his life.
According to SRGfilms, "Crossface," a biographical thriller, delves into the pressures WWE superstar Chris Benoit faced throughout his wrestling career as the combination of drug-use, depreson, and head trauma became increangly imposble for him to handle. The true story made headline news in 2007 when Chris murdered his wife and young son before taking his own life.
SRG Films head Dale Alexander Carnegie is producing the film, while William Morris Endeavor (WME) is on board to package the project. Former Weinstein Company staffer, Sarah Coulter, turned in the first draft of the script in mid-October.
"All of us grow up believing that wrestling is fake, but looking at the shocking number of deaths in the industry, it quickly becomes evident that there is nothing fake about the dangers of this sport," Carnegie said. "Chris Benoit has become a poster child for everything that's wrong with profesonal wrestling and Sarah's terrific script captures his struggles and the many factors that led to the deaths of three people."
SRG Films, currently in talks with directors and actors, plans to begin filming in the fall of 2012.
So is this capitalizing on a horrible act of violence acceptable for you to watch? I'm a bit torn on my views here. I would like to see the film but it feels a bit out of place to watch something that is still so fresh and so tragic. Your thoughts?