It appears as though the Chris Benoit biopic movie 'Crossface' is really happening.
As most fans will know, the Canadian Crippler murdered his wife and son before taking his own life in 2007. He was posthumously diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease caused by severe or repeated blows to the head, not likely to have been helped by his intense in-ring style.
Benoit was an extremely respected wrestler, though. Inside the squared circle, there were few better technicians than the Wolverine and fans are often torn by their love for his wrestling ability and disgust for his terrible, life-ending actions.
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Lexi Alexander has come aboard to direct the long-rumoured project and joins producers Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee of 'Let It Play'. Ram Getz and Matthew Randazzo V are exec producing.
Alexander, best known for directing “Punisher: War Zone,” received an Academy Award nomination for her short film “Johnny Flynton.” Her film “Green Street Hooligans,” starring Hollywood stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, won South by Southwest’s best of fest and a special jury awards in 2005.
She has also directed episodes of popular TV series' like 'Limitless', 'Supergirl' and 'Arrow'.
“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.”
After the details emerged of Benoit's tragic ending, the WWE have refused to talk about him ever since. Although his matches are readily accessible on the WWE Network, his WrestleMania 20 triumph - one of the greatest moments for hardcore wrestling fans - is never highlighted.
The WWE are very unlikely to contribute to or promote this endeavour in any way, and it's likely that Benoit will continue to be omitted from the WWE Hall of Fame.