Announced this morning on her twitter (although apparently it’s been leaked for a while), Lexi Alexander, the director of Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans, will be making a biopic about the life and death of professional wrestler Chris Benoit.
Wow. I was supposed to wait for the press release until I can talk about it…I guess someone else didn't wait https://t.co/xoppqztFvQ
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) September 7, 2016
Benoit is one of the most controversial figures in the history of professional wrestling. He was one of the most respected wrestlers in the world by fans, a workhorse who became popular due to his ability to tell stories in the ring, not an ability to sell merchandise. He was rewarded for years and years of effort by finally becoming the WWE Champion, in one of the most emotional nights in wrestling.
But Benoit’s history of concussions would eventually lead to one of the darkest moments we can remember. He murdered his own wife and children, and then took his own life. No one saw it coming, and it was one of the key moments in the fight for concussion care that’s currently taking over professional sports.
While Alexander might be best known for films about violence, this is not the first time she’s tackled this subject matter. Her breakout film, Johnny Lynton, was about a boxer who suffered a similar fate, which is why the script landed on her doorstep. The film will be in French, and titled Crossface. We’ll let you know more details as they develop.