SRG Films sent out a press release late yesterday evening, noting that the company will be making a film titled “Crossface”, which will delve into the pressures that former WWE superstar, Chris Benoit, faced throughout his professional wrestling career as the combination of drug use, depression and head trauma became increasingly impossible for him to handle, resulting in him taking the lifes of his wife Nancy and son Daniel in 2007, as well as his own. The film is to be based off the book Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the fall of the Pro Wrestling industry. SRG Films are currently in talks with directors and actors and plan to begin filming in fall 2012, with a release date scheduled for 2013.
The press release from SRG Films is below:
“Crossface”, a biographical thriller, delves into the pressures WWE superstar Chris Benoit faced throughout his wrestling career as the combination of drug-use, depression, and head trauma became increasingly impossible 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 professional wrestling and Sarah’s terrific script captures his struggles and the many factors that led to the deaths of three people.”
Coulter added: “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 be. The Benoit story is one that needs to be brought into the light.”
SRG Films, currently in talks with directors and actors, plans to begin filming in the fall of 2012.