Vince McMahon biopic, Pandemonium; Hollywood star Bradley Cooper approached with offer


Vince McMahon biopic, Pandemonium; Hollywood star Bradley Cooper approached with offer, by Greg Tingle - 2nd October 2017

A work in progress Double meaning intended, until the rumors become more factual

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Vince McMahon (circa 1984). Credit: WWE

Pro wrestling er 'sports entertainment' fans, insiders and even mum and dad movie fans have been calling for a pro wrestling related movie or documentary for the longest time.

The last pro wrestling themed movie to hit the big time, via the big screen, was The Wrestler, staring Mickey Rourke. Although a somewhat controversial film with wrestling not always being portrayed in the most elegant light, WWE top brass got behind the project, seeing the worldwide publicity, hence bucks, it would filter onwards to the WWE coffers. Mickey Rourke was also capitulated into a storyline with Chris Jericho and legends, Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat and the late Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka.

Wrestling news website PW Insider reports that an official offer has been made for Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper to play Mr. McMahon.

The production would be a very different kind of animal to the movies WWE Studios have been putting out, sometimes in collaboration with Warner Bros and Lionsgate, and that is said with the greatest respect for those production companies.

Fans and insiders are hopeful of a film / documentary with both creditability and strong entertainment value. Due to the WWE's numerous public and private controversies over the decades, not all the major incidents could be included, if for no other reason, the sheer amount of them - including true and false claims about the sports entertainment powerhouse once known as Titan Sports and WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) before Vince McMahon Jr had the smarts and grapefruits to take it national - international, including creating the event we know as WrestleMania, along with the birth of Hulk-A-Mania, and a good dose of the Rock 'N' Roll wrestling connection with MTV. Remember 'The War To Settle The Score' at Madison Square Garden anyone? That was this writers favorite era of pro wrestling.

Back to the present, this biopic news is very exciting and could potentially be quite lucrative for the WWE ledger. We love the WWE Network, YouTube and all their other digital media offerings, but a world class biopic would be the icing on the cake.

Media Man has been reporting for numerous months that there is strong interest from both wrestling fans as well as non wrestling fans to do movies or documentaries on other legends such as Andre The Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Gorgeous George and Roddy Piper. If done correctly the WWE could produce a block buster major box office attraction, which in turn would boost WWE live event attendance, merch, not to mention subs to their beloved WWE Network.

WWE has also been making an international push via network television channels (G'day 9 GO! in Australia) which screens a one hour version on WWE RAW and WWE SmackDown. Foxtel's FOX8 (pay TV) carries the complete shows.

Media Man and WWE fans across the globe wish The Chairman Of The Board Mr. McMahon good health, good business, and remain hopeful that he and other WWE top brass maintain the will to see what would be a truly remarkable film come to life.

*draft article in progress. More details to follow this week

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