Chris Benoit Biopic In The Works

SRG Films has announced that the company's first film will be "Crossface," a biopic about Chris Benoit. The film, which will be based on the book "Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry," is tentatively scheduled for release in 2013. The official press release 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.

  • dave

    2013? Wtf for benoit doc? I thot wwe own all footage of benoit

    • Abe

      it will be a movie with actors not a real doc, which sucks and has no place being made

    • mathew30


      • Lee

        It's to show what the affects of wrestling can have on a person body

  • Clint

    probably sold it, I think some how wwe is gonna try and use this for themselves though, you know how wwe wh*&^% itself

  • Ruck

    Ive always wondered if someone would have the courage to do a Benoit movie and I guess someone got the stones! I am definitely looking forward to this! Also WWE does not own the rights to the name Chris Benoit so the name itself can be used unless the family does not allow. Plus the name of the wrrestling company could very well be a made up one. Or maybe they will go deeper into the drug usage and his personal life more than wrestling itself. Anyway I cannot wait for this movie to come out! I am really pumped! Just wonder who is going in for this role? I cant think of any well-known actor with the physical attributes of Benoit. Its probably gonna be someone new that they are gonna cast. CANT WAIT!!!!

  • Andy

    hmmmm i smell controversy

    • Andy

      I've heard about this… it creates cash, right?

      Different Andy by the way…

    • fdsmythe

      "Controversy creates cash."

  • MasterJerry

    I can not wait for this movie to come out I have always respected and loved what Chris has done in the business no matter if he was the heel or babyface Chris is truely one of the all time greats and this movie will show how hard he worked. Chris and his family are truely missed but never forgotten, Chris, Nancy, and Daniel all deserve to take there place in there WWE Hall Of Fame. And to Vince, Linda, and everyone who is responsible for the WWE whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes Put Chris Benoit and his family in the HOF as they have very well earned it ~RIP Chris Benoit and family~

    • luke

      He killed his family. No matter how good he was at wrestling he should never be honored for what he did

      • Blazeking

        He blew a HOF induction, but he still is one of the best wrestlers of all time. The man at least deserves acknowledge of that.

    • Zach

      Dude, regardless of his accomplishments, he committed murder. He is undeserving of the HOF, and it was be a mockery to those already in it if he were to join. There are absolutely no excuses for what he did, brain trauma, steroids, or anything else you can blame. Only him.

  • Matt K

    I'm all for this. Up until halfway through the Raw tribute show to him and from the mid 90s, he was my favorite wrestler. To this day, I still feel more sad that he's gone than mad for what he did. I miss the guy and think this movie could shine a light into what we are trained is taboo.

  • ZackPack

    This isn’t good. From the sounds of it, the WWE is going to be blamed for this rather than Benoit himself. No murderer should be in the Hall of Fame either, period.

  • pj_nufc

    Outrageous!!!!! That is all.

  • I hate to get my hopes up, but maybe this will spread the message a bit. As much as I hate Benoit for how he went out, I could never condemn his career up until that final week and with any luck, talking about issue may lead to a little leverage on the whole Benoit ban

  • Dan

    lol, I wonder if WWE will promote it XD

    • George

      A man killed his family and people are trying to gain money off of it. How on God's green Earth is this an "lol" moment?

  • ted

    wwe is never going to put benoit in the hof. he embarassed the company and caused a lot of damage to them by his actions because he did them while under contract to wwe.

    i could care less that benoit murdered his family and killed himself because that stuff happens every single day in all walks of life.

    pro wrestling is fake so his fake accomplishments in a fake entertainment show does not require recognition from wwe in any manner.

    as far as his brain goes, he must have been well enough to travel regularly, take part in matches etc.

    if his brain was so bad, he would not have been able to function on his own up until his death.

    as far as the movie goes, if the stupid producers try to blame this incident on wwe, then mcmahon's lawyers will sue them in court for slander and defamation of character.

    benoit is the only one who is responsible for killing his family and all the excuses in the world from ignorant rassling fans will never cover up that single fact

    • Kyle Policastro

      Wrestling is fake and you have nothing better to do with your life then come on a pro wrestling news site and tell fans that? You must be real busy.

    • TakerMania

      Why in the hell are you here trashing and disrespecting the buisness and its fans like that !!?


      this is unacceptable at all
      and I don't understand how is your comment was proven by the Respected Website in the first place

      • ted

        i did not trash or disrespect the "business". this is all fake entertainment. mcmahon sees wwe as a circus. even mcmahon mocks iwc fans who act like this is a serious, respected business when it is really a circus sideshow form of entertainment.

        • FoleyToWrestle

          what is fake entertainment? a scripted, televised event? if people enjoy watching wwe shows, and obviously they do because it wouldnt still be playing if no one watched, then what difference does it make whether its real or fake – entertainment is entertainment dude

          Also if you're such a 'hater' of the industry – why dont you spend your time on some other website??

    • You know it

      "fake entertainment" you mean like almost every tv show, book, movie, etc ever made? By saying fake accomplishments you must think anyone can be a wrestler. I will have you know it is one of the hardest things to get into. Most of the people who try out dont even make it past the first day, much less make it to the top of WWE.

  • Titus

    I want to know something. Reading about this doc, it said Beniot stuggled with drug use, depression, and head trauma. But how were we or anyone to know that untill the toxicology reports came back? It's not like he was public about all that. And how was anyone to know when the drugs use started? It could of been a receant thing. Who knows right?

    • Caz

      Why does he have to share EVERYTHING with the public. The man had a right to privacy. He did commit murder and suicide, and it's a major shame that we lost such a talented athlete, but since no one was there to see his life behind closed doors and no one knew what pressures he was under – we can't judge. I am not condoning his actions – just claiming that no one actually knows what happened, and no one ever will, not for sure.
      Also the HOF is to celebrate an achieved wrestler for their wrestling career – personal matters should not effect these celebrations.

  • paul carriere

    I still dont believe he did it ,I heard that the police didnt do a very good job with the investigation .There was somebody leaving the Benoit house when the cops got there ,and they never found out or tried to find out who that was .There was a lot of other things also.I dont think they should make a movie till everybody knows for sure what really happened.

  • Joe

    I think they should get hugh jackman to play Chris Benoit……he likes playing the roles of wolverines…but really I think hugh should play chris

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