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TriStar Pictures are currently negotiating to be the distributors for an upcoming film about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO Vince McMahon.
The movie, which is titled Pandemonium, has been written by Craig A. Williams (Underdog – 2007) and will be produced by American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar as well as WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm.
Negotiations are currently underway for Crazy, Stupid, Love and This Is Us producer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to direct the project that has been given the full blessing of McMahon himself courtesy of an agreement with Williams as regards his life story.
Though the screenplay is said to have been highly sought after for a number of years, the McMahon family’s early opposition to it caused many studios to be put off signing a deal to make the movie. However, with McMahon on side, TriStar placed a bid to develop the project and are said to have won the bidding process through their impassioned pitch that included the full decoration of their studio headquarters in WWE regalia.
Vince McMahon is a somewhat iconic figure of popular culture for his over-the-top antics on the screen and his shrewd business sense off the screen that has taken WWE from a regional live-events promotion to a worldwide television and events phenomenon. He has lived an interesting life that has included going against his father’s wishes in his nationalisation of his company, making the company a publicly traded entity, being taken to national court over allegations that he distributed steroids, the management of many an industry scandal and tragedy, the creation of Wrestlemania beloved characters like “The Rock” and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and his ongoing commitment to his role as CEO at the age of 71.
There is no information regarding casting at this time.