The long rumoured unofficial biopic of Chris Benoit, ‘ Crossface’, is apparently still happening.‘Crossface’ was initially announced in 2011 by SRG Films and bases on Matthew Randazzo’s book ‘Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry’. The film has been in development for years but the project has never really been able to start with many speculating that the film would never see the light of day. It now seems like the film is back on.
Rumours about the film have been flying around for many years with Liev Schreiber being rumoured to play the role of Chris Benoit at one point with nothing materialising. It now looks like German director Lexi Alexander will be directing the film after the news got leaked by IMDB. Apart from directing films like Punisher: Warzone and Lifted, she has also been at the head of hit television shows like American Gothic and Supergirl.
Her debut short, “Johnny Flyton” got nominated for an Oscar. Apart from being a director, Lexi Alexander is also a former karate and point fighting world champion.
Alexander confirmed the news on Twitter and also dispelled any rumours about Liev Schreiber being a part of the film.
The film will depict Chris Benoit’s career and the infamous double murder/suicide of that infamous night in 2007. Benoit was a former WWE World Champion and a former WCW World Champion and one of the best wrestlers of his generation. During that infamous weekend in 2007, Benoit missed the Vengeance PPV where he was slated to face CM Punk for the ECW Championship. He also missed all of the house shows that weekend, claiming that his wife and son were really ill.
Police investigated the scene on Monday, June 25, to find Benoit, his wife Nancy and their son dead at their house, the result of a double murder and suicide. Benoit’s actions that weekend rocked the pro wrestling world to its core and showcased what repeated concussions and steroid abuse could result in. Since then, Chris Benoit has been understandably blacklisted by WWE.