Entitled, “Crossface,” the movie 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. Set to direct the film is Lexi Alexander. Some of you may remember her when she directed the episode “Beyond Redemption” for Arrow as well as the Supergirl episode “Truth, Justice, And The American Way.” In addition to her television work, she also directed the box office failure Punisher: War Zone.
Here’s what Alexander had to say about taking on the film,
“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. A heartbreaking, true story about the dark side of wrestling…I couldn’t say no to that.”
At the height of his career, Benoit was considered one of the best wrestlers in the industry, but injuries led him to an early retirement. After his death, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with CTE, a severe brain degeneration, a condition related to many stories of violent tendencies, and something that many had pinned as the main cause as to why he stopped wrestling. Ultimately, the question here is what kind of an approach will Alexander take in telling the story? There’s an argument to be made here because this is all about a man who killed his family and then himself. At the same time nothing was every really reported about his wife and son. Maybe those who followed wrestling closely knew about them, but to the general audience, they knew nothing. It’ll be interesting to see how much emphasis she places on the wife and son. And if she does push them, it should make for a good story because of the lack of information about them.