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Old 04-25-17, 02:37 PM
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Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

TriStar Pictures is getting into the ring for a biopic about WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

The studio is in negotiations for the highly-sought-after Pandemonium, which has Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who direct and executive produce the hit television drama This Is Us, in talks to direct. Craig A. Williams wrote the script, and Andrew Lazar, who produced American Sniper, is producing the project along with Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios, and Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment. Charlie Gogolak of Zaftig Films will executive produce.

Pandemonium first hit the Hollywood mat last summer but studios hesitated. While the script scored high points, WWE and McMahon had not blessed it and companies didn't want to antagonize a powerful entity. When Lazar secured McMahon's life rights, the package in recent weeks made the rounds again and studios were ready to rumble. Multiple parties were interested, but sources say that TriStar went all out in their pitch (even decorating their offices with WWE regalia). Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.

McMahon, known for his iconic showmanship, created the national sensation and obsession that is known as World Wrestling Entertainment, aka WWE.

After being raised by his mother and a series of stepfathers in North Carolina, McMahon first got into wresting through his father Vincent J. McMahon, who was a promoter for Capitol Wrestling Corporation. He shadowed his father (whom he didn't meet until he was 12 years old) when he was a teen and, after college, made his debut as an in-ring announcer in 1969 working for his fatherís World Wide Wrestling Federation (later called World Wrestling Federation) promotion. He spent years as a very successful promoter and commentator for TV matches.

He founded his own company, Titan Sports, in 1979, and soon after acquired his father's company (which was later renamed WWE due to a trademark dispute). He ruffled feathers in the industry by starting to promote his company nationally at a time when wrestling organizations were regional and worked under an understanding that they would not invade each otherís territories.

He focused on making the company's wrestlers big stars and celebrities in their own right ó from Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and making wrestling a family audience event. By adding such pop music stars as Cyndi Lauper into wrestling storylines, McMahon further expanded the company from a regional entity to a national sensation.

In 1985, he ran the first annual WrestleMania, the WWE's equivalent of the Super Bowl, at Madison Square Garden. He has also appeared on WWE TV, and occasionally competed as a wrestler, under the ring name Mr. McMahon, who had a legendary feud with Austin and faced off against many of the great names of wrestling. At WrestleMania 23 in 2007, an onscreen feud between McMahon and now-President Donald Trump culminated in a Hair versus Hair "Battle of the Billionaires," a match between two wrestlers who each represented one of the men. Trump's popular wrestler won, leading Trump, his wrestler and special guest referee Austin to shave McMahon bald.

Ficarra and Requa also previously directed and wrote 2011ís Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2009ís I Love You Phillip Morris. They also executive produce and direct NBCís hit show This Is Us. They are repped by CAA and McKuin Frankel.

Williams previously wrote the script for 2007ís Underdog. He is repped by UTA and Aperture Entertainment. UTA also repped the project.
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Re: Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

Not sure why this was sought after, I don't find it an interesting enough subject.
I'm hoping WWE Ent foots at least half the production costs (if not all).
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Re: Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

It's interesting to me, but I think a lot of people would think "i'm not interested in a wrestling movie" the same way people didn't want to watch The Social Network because it was a "facebook" movie.
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Re: Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

If its not a biopic, remake, or adaptation, I guess it just doesn't get made these days.
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Re: Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

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It's interesting to me, but I think a lot of people would think "i'm not interested in a wrestling movie" the same way people didn't want to watch The Social Network because it was a "facebook" movie.
I'm a wrestling fan, but I just don't see the need to make this a feature film. A 30 for 30 is all that's needed. If WWE is paying to get this made and it turns out to be a distribution agreement, no problem, but Sony has enough problems with turning out a profitable film and I don't see this as one.
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Re: Pandemonium (D: Ficarra/Requa) -- Vince McHahon, WWE biopic

Harrison Ford for the Attitude to current VKM, Joaquin Phoenix for the young VKM.

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