Back in June of 2007, WWE star Chris Benoit shocked the wrestling world when he took his own life in addition to the lives of his wife and son. In the months that followed, it was determined that he had severe brain damage due to untreated concussions, which may have led to depression and dementia. The WWE remained mostly silent on the matter, quietly removing him from their website and merchandise and since then, people have continued to shy away from the subject, afraid to call the event a tragedy or to offer an excuse for the horrific crimes he committed. Now a feature film about the Chris Benoit story is on the way from Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander. Here’s what she had to say about the announcement:
“I was pretty certain I’d stay in TV rather than returning to the feature world, because the material just seems so much better in TV, especially in drama, but then Crossface came my way. A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling… I couldn’t say no to that.”
The movie will be based on Matthew Randazzo V’s book Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry, but with the title changed to Crossface (taken from Benoit’s “crippler crossface” submission hold). The script was written by Jake Goldberger (Life of a King) and Sarah Coulter. Alexander is known mostly as an action director although she did a drama in 2010 called Lifted. In recent years she has mostly directed for TV shows such as Arrow and Supergirl. Clearly this is a complicated and delicate story, but hopefully she can pull it off in a way that is both tasteful and illuminating. Are you interested in a Chris Benoit biopic or is this just a bad idea?