Sports films have been making a resurgence lately, and now one of the WWE’s darkest moments is about to get the cinematic treatment thanks to director Lexi Alexander in Crossface.
MovieWeb has reported that Alexander will bring to life the shocking true-life story of WWE superstar Chris Benoit, who after being declared a champion in the ring, took a tragic turn in 2007 that resulted in the murder/suicide of Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their son Daniel. The case was noteworthy as it brought media attention to the concept of CTE, a severe brain degeneration that was shown to be present in many wrestlers, and which police and medical experts believed had considerable impact on the tragedy.
The Benoit story should really test Alexander’s abilities as a filmmaker, and with a resume that includes cult favourite Green Street Hooligans and The CW’s Supergirl, we couldn’t think of a better person for the job.
Crossface almost made it to cinemas back in 2011 with Gerard Butler as Benoit, and Liam Neeson as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. While it’s doubtful that either will be involved this time, Alexander and her team should have no problem sourcing talent for this gripping yet heartbreaking tale.
Crossface will be released sometime in 2017.