A feature film about the late Chris Benoit is in the works. SRG films has announced via press release that they will be adapting the book Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry by Matthew Randazzo into a film. According to the press release, the book covers the pressures that Benoit faced throughout his wrestling career “as the combination of drug-use, depression, and head trauma became increasingly impossible for him to handle.”
The film will be produced by SRG Films head Dale Alexander Carnegie and is written by Sarah Coulter.
“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,” said Carnegie. “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. 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.”
The studio is in talks with directors and actors and plans to begin production in the fall of 2012.
Source: SRG Films