While most wrestling fans know the broad details of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s biography, the third generation wrestling promoter plays it pretty close to the vest when it comes to his story. McMahon gives very few interviews and, in a business full of memoirs and autobiographies, he’s never written his own.
That’s probably why there was reportedly a great deal of hesitation in Hollywood when a screenplay based on his life began making the rounds last Summer. The script, written by Craig A. Williams (whose big previous credit is 2007’s live action adaptation of the cartoon Underdog), was well-received, but it wasn’t signed off on by Vince or WWE.
Andrew Lazar (who produced 2014’s American Sniper) secured the rights to McMahon’s tale, WWE Studios’ president Michael Luisi was added as a producer and Sony’s TriStar Pictures reportedly went all out to land the project - so now a biopic entitled Pandemonium will start production, and hopefully end up at a theater near you.
The news was just announced today in The Hollywood Reporter, so there aren’t a ton of details... and we can let our imaginations run wild when it comes to casting. We do know Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of the hit television drama This Is Us are in talks to direct the film.
THR’s story covers McMahon’s life from childhood to taking over the WWWF from his father, consolidating the territories, creating WrestleMania and helping craft stars like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, all the way to WrestleMania 23 and Vince’s angle with now-President Donald Trump - but it’s not clear if that’s the scope of the script or just the article’s.
We’ll bring you more news as we have it, Cagesiders. No matter how the movie turns out, this should be a wild ride.