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Movie Heads into Development to Focus on the Chris Benoit Murder-Suicide
SRG Films announced on Dec. 2 2011, that they will adapt the book "Ring of Hell" into a movie called "Crossface." WWE fans should recognize that term and slowly realize it refers to Chris Benoit. The feature length movie will be based on the life and death of Benoit, a man who murdered his wife and son before killing himself.
The press release reads that "Crossface" is "a biographical thriller, [and] delves into the pressures WWE superstar Chris Benoit faced throughout his wrestling career as the combination of drug-use, depression, and head trauma became increasingly impossible for him to handle. The true story made headline news in 2007 when Chris murdered his wife and young son before taking his own life."
While no director has been chosen, Sarah Coulter turned in a script and plans are to begin filming in Fall 2012. While there have been many biopics about killers, this one is a sore spot still for many fans who once considered Benoit a hero and feel betrayed by the man.
Benoit was a professional wrestler who wrestled in both WCW and the WWE. One of the biggest moments in WrestleMania history was when Benoit and Eddie Guerrero both won their respective world titles on the same card. Both men are now dead, Guerrero due to heart failure and Benoit due to more nefarious circumstances.
According to tests conducted on Benoit's brain, he had the brain damage similar to that of an 85-year old Alzheimer's patient at the time of his death. He also appeared to have damage to all four lobes of his brain. Of course, none of this means much when the fact is that he murdered his seven year old son and his wife.
Is this a way to just capitalize on a tragedy and make more money off of it? Of course it is but it is nothing new and for professional wrestling fans to take offense to the movie is silly. "Zodiac," "Monster," "Summer of Sam" and "Silence of the Lambs" are all based on real-life serial killers. "Elephant," a 2003 movie, is about the Columbine murders.
The only people I see getting angry about this movie topic are wrestling fans. The movie appears to be a look into professional wrestling and how the lifestyle can turn someone into what Benoit became. I don't believe it will glorify the killer and might be a movie that opens some eyes to the dangers of the sport.
Will this be a controversial movie? Yes, but it is nothing to be offended about.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has been a professional wrestling fan since the rock and roll days of the 80s. Shawn watched all the promotions, but held an affinity for the more rugged ones in the Mid South and Dallas focused World Class regions. He still watches wrestling today, enjoying the WWE, TNA and ROH, watching all three on television weekly.
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