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Sad Story of Wrestler Chris Benoit Heading to Theaters in 'Crossface'

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December 7, 2011
Source: Deadline

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Back in 2007, a shocking and truly tragic news story made headlines when professional wrestler Chris Benoit murdered his wife and 7-year old son before hanging himself. Now the story of the troubled wrestling star is heading to the big screen as Deadline reports SRG Films is developing Crossface, a film based on Matthew Randazzo V's book Ring Of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry. The film will follow Benoit's life in the WWE, the struggles he endured and how the combination of drug use, depression and head trauma led him to become a ticking time bomb of instability.

The chronicle of a troubled wrestler was most recently seen in the aptly titled film The Wrestler, but with this tale (being adapted by first-time writer Sarah Coulter) being true to life and following the tragedy of a man affected by his career to the point that he lost his mind, it's a wholly different kind of drama. SRG Films head Dale Alexander Carnegie says, "Chris Benoit has become a poster child for everything that’s wrong with professional wrestling and Sarah’s terrific script captures his struggles and the many factors that led to the deaths of three people. People immediately point to steroids, never thinking about the brain trauma these wrestlers can and do incur in their profession, nor do they consider the rigorous schedule that keeps them working even when they shouldn’t.” Sounds like quite an expose that could paint the WWE in an unfavorable light if funding comes together to get the project off the ground.

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  • Anon
    thats a pretty old song
    • peloquin
      Such bad taste to make fun of a grammatical error involving the death of a 7 year old boy.  Stay classy Anon...
  • Dallas Sooner
    So will it be a documentary?
    • Fcb_tarik
      no it will be a drama thriller :)
  • Ghost Benoit
    I WILL FIGHT YOU ETHAN
  • TheLaughingMan
    Damn not sure how I feel about them making a movie about this.I was a huge Benoit fan back in the day,but maybe a film like this needs to be made.
    • Timothy thomas
       well i think it would bve awsome just too keep the legend alive and understand and i was a big fan too i even play him on wwe games
  • Anonymous
    Is this really necessary?... :l
    • Anonymous
      I know right, Hollywood has no respect.
      • Anonymous
        Indeed. I mean, his image is already ruined as it is, but I dont think its entirely necessary to piss on it even more. But hey, thats Hollywood. That whore has no shame.
  • Xerxexx
    Not sure how to feel about this...kind of like Sid and Nancy.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoJo81lujk Crapola
    Surely wrestlers are just giant muscle bound babies with shrivelled little manginas? All those roids just melting their already tiny brains. Didn't the Wrestler already show the pathetic side of wrestling? I thought that did it pretty well and it was still worth watching. This as hilarious as the story sounds, might be a bit of a drag.
    • Steve R McQueen
      Pathetic is actually more like some low life coward who is so miserable with his own existance and who struggles with homosexuality that he has to go online where he is protected and sheltered and talk trash about something he knows absolutely nothing about to try and make himself feel like he's better than other people.  A person with no self esteem, no motivation to do anything in life other than sit behind a computer and blame everyone else for his own failures and insecurities.  Let's insult the memory of people we never knew and the struggles in life they faced that we will never truly understand.  Let's be judgemental and pretend we have the right to.
      • Lebowski
        How dare you call yourself Steve McQueen? A man of that caliber would not stand for this muppet-like bleating, you thin skinned housewife. 
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoJo81lujk Crapola
        C'Mon Steve, I don't struggle with homosexuality, I embrace it. I don't know if you've ever had a 'reacharound' but it's double the pleasure that's all I'll say. I also embrace failure, through my failures in life, I've succeeded and advanced, unlike Chris Benoit who took his failure badly by committing a horrendously 'cowardly' and 'selfish' act, drugging, then murdering his wife and child because he couldn't play act with the muscle boys anymore. Failure is nothing.
    • rockkicker
      the true story of the death of a seven year old by his own fathers hand sounds hilarious to you? please never come out from behind that monitor.
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoJo81lujk Crapola
        I didn't kill him. Just saying.
  • Anonymous
    I remember back when Singer's X-men first came out and thinking how much Benoit would have been a better Wolverine (Canadian, build, height, etc...).  He was always one of my fav's but I never woulda thought his intensity carried over into real life.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1523381468 Jon Chamberlain
    I am all for this. I hope they tell the true story. This should have never happened. Ultimately the Doctors failed Benoit. For those that talk about steroids, look up the wwe wellness program and ask Evan Bourne about his 30 day suspension. 
    • Shige
      Oh yes it is the doctors fault...... are you fucking serious ?
    • Anonymous
      I dont think it was the completely the docs fault in a Michael Jackson sort of way (though wrestlers have had doctors prescribe them roids, Test therapy & HGH), because I read that they had his brain looked at afterwards by a neurosurgeon and it was in the same condition of an 85-yr-old altziemers's patient.  He was suffering from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by concussions and had severe damage on all 4 lobes of his brain and brain stem.  Whether it was chemical or caused by brain trauma, dude was really messed up.
  • Carl
    Why do I get the feeling Vince Mcmahon won't like this?
  • Mnoelio
    Some stories shouldn't be made into movies. However, if this shines a light on WWE and there over-the-top work schedule, labeling the wrestlers "independent contractors" (so they can't form a union), and the way WWE treats the health of it's wresters, than I am all for it.
  • cm punk
    this could be great.
  • Randi Parker
    its wwe's fault, chris beniot's fault and his doctor's fault i hope this movie tells the truth and not what the internet wants you to believe!!!
  • MmeLaRue
    I hope it never sees the light of day. Randazzo's book was a goddamn hatchet job and the thought of that hack making a dime more from the tragedy makes me vomit. This is not a story that can be trusted to anyone in Hollywood, certainly not to anyone without any sympathy or understanding of the business and without connections to the business. Given what I've seen on IMDB about the production company, it's rather likely that the film won't make it into the can. There was a most excellent film a couple years ago that, while not touching the Benoit tragedy directly, beautifully presented the price one pays for their passion. You may have heard of it - _The Wrestler_, directed by Darren Aronofsky. That is about as close to the Benoit tragedy as anyone in Hollywood is ever going to get and still get their film into theatres.

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