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WWE's Vince McMahon getting his own biopic with film Pandemonium

04.25.2017

Now, I never grew up with wrestling, so I was never really a fan of it. Though I did glean some of the mythology through the SMACKDOWN games, since I loved creating my own characters (like Mario and The Master from MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE) and having them duke it out. Though I get the appeal. It's classic good vs. evil stuff, within the confines of an over-the-top melodrama. It's basically real-life superheroes. Even if it's not my thing, I can see why it's popular.

So it's no surprise that the proprietor of WWE (formerly WWF) Vince McMahon is getting his own biopic called PANDEMONIUM. It seems Sony Pictures' Tri-Star is collaborating with WWE Studios to get the film made. And here's the official synopsis, according to Deadline:

The film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the blessing of the grappling magnate. He is third generation — the business was started by his grandfather Jess and taken over by his father Vincent — but these were local circuits and relatively small time compared to what Vince McMahon had in mind. The barrel-chested showman turned the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) into a global roadshow business juggernaut. He unleashed grapplers from Hulk Hogan to Bruno Sammartino and Triple H to budding actor John Cena and The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s reigning action star. McMahon built his ring empire in Stamford, CT, and McMahon, who long had dreams of being a wrestling star, realized that dream as well and became WWF champ in 1999, as well as the ECW champion and winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble.

I'm actually a little iffy about the fact that this has approval of McMahon and WWE (meaning it might play softball with some juicy details), but that isn't necessarily a detriment. I mean, I enjoyed SAVING MR. BANKS - even being aware of its playing fast-and-(very) loose with the facts and the borderline hagiography of Disney - so there's a possibility that won't be the end of the world for this biopic either. I imagine there are still a lot of fun stories about the early days of the WWF/WWE to mine, so I'm intrigued regardless.

So what about you guys who are actually pro-wrestling fans? Does this sound interesting to you? And if so, who would you cast in the roles?

Extra Tidbit: I wonder if this'll take on XFL or not?
Source: Deadline

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8:01AM on 04/26/2017
I feel even if the WWE is remotely involved, it'll become a watered down version that will make Vince look like a hero.
I feel even if the WWE is remotely involved, it'll become a watered down version that will make Vince look like a hero.
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1:56AM on 04/26/2017
Hmmm wonder if it'll also cover his numerous affairs along with the copious amounts of steroids used in 80's and 90's that contributed to so many wrestlers dying
Hmmm wonder if it'll also cover his numerous affairs along with the copious amounts of steroids used in 80's and 90's that contributed to so many wrestlers dying
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9:50PM on 04/25/2017
I've been watching and following wrestling since the early 80's. The only way to do a proper film about the rise and explosion of this industry would be to do a "Boogie Nights"-esque style of film about it; because even as mainstream as it is nowadays, it was just as seedy and dirty as the porn industry back then, especially behind the scenes.
I've been watching and following wrestling since the early 80's. The only way to do a proper film about the rise and explosion of this industry would be to do a "Boogie Nights"-esque style of film about it; because even as mainstream as it is nowadays, it was just as seedy and dirty as the porn industry back then, especially behind the scenes.
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9:32PM on 04/25/2017
It'd be an interesting story but with the WWE involved it'll likely get too sanitized.
It'd be an interesting story but with the WWE involved it'll likely get too sanitized.
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9:14PM on 04/25/2017
This will probably be a more enjoyable watch than the Madonna biopic that was announced.
This will probably be a more enjoyable watch than the Madonna biopic that was announced.
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8:10PM on 04/25/2017
I think every time Trump makes a public appearance they should pay Vince's theme music "no chance in hell" and Trump should do the McMahon strut-walk out to the podium. I pictured this every time I sawTrump coming out for a rally or coming out to make a speech while he campaigned.
I think every time Trump makes a public appearance they should pay Vince's theme music "no chance in hell" and Trump should do the McMahon strut-walk out to the podium. I pictured this every time I sawTrump coming out for a rally or coming out to make a speech while he campaigned.
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