Lexi Alexander is set to direct a new biopic on the life of wrestler Chris Benoit. Titled “Crossface,” it will be based on the book “Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry” by Matthew Randazzo V.
Variety reports the film will be produced by Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee, with a script from Jake Goldberger and Sarah Coulter. Randazzo and Ram Getz are executive producing.
“I was pretty certain I’d stay in TV rather than returning to the feature world, because the material just seems so much better in TV, especially in drama, but then ‘Crossface’ came my way,” Alexander said. “A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling. … I couldn’t say no to that.”
Chris Benoit was a professional wrestler who murdered his wife and son in 2007, before taking his own life. The name “Crossface” comes from Benoit’s submission move, the ‘Crippler Crossface. Following the murder/suicide, Benoit’s brain was studied and he was found to suffer from CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a progressive degenerative disease that is caused by a severe blow or repeated blows to the head.
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