Paige, who is currently on the mend following neck surgery, definitely has a tumultuous relationship with WWE. The twice-suspended Superstar, Total Divas cast member and second generation wrestler may have generated some unfortunate headlines over the past several months, but here’s something that definitely won’t hurt her standing with the company: she and her wacky wrestling family are going to be the subject of a biopic jointly produced by WWE Studios and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The Rock announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, will be partnering with WWE Studios to make a movie based on Paige’s very … unorthodox family. He’s had an interest in telling this story since 2012, when he accidentally stumbled upon a documentary about the brood. (Not The Brood, that’s a different wrestling thing.)
And hey, if YOU want to watch the documentary that inspired The Rock so much, you can watch it right here! No dice on developing it, though. Dwayne’s already got that part covered.
The Rock’s full Facebook post:
BREAKING: Our Seven Bucks Productions is excited to announce production on a cool project we’ve been working on for years based on a very unique and gritty professional wrestling family and a their daughter’s journey into the spotlight of the WWE.
Years ago (2012) while shooting Fast & Furious in London, I was up at 3am (too much caffeine) and stumbled upon a documentary on a UK station about a local wrestling family and their daughter’s unlikely journey into the global spotlight. That daughter, is current WWE Women’s Superstar, Paige. The family element I saw in the doc, is what grabbed my attention. That no matter how crazy life gets, no matter how dysfunctional our families can sometimes be and especially regardless of how much we fight – we’re always there for each other when it counts. That’s what families do.
My gut said there was a great movie to be made so I sent to my agent Brad Slater at WME who loved it. He sent it to my long time ace producer Kevin Misher, who immediately responded to the doc and he thought we should go after one of our favorite writer/directors for material like this, Stephen Merchant.
Merchant, being from the UK, locked in to a strong POV and vision of how gritty and heartfelt this film needs to be and the rest is history.
Pleasure to partner with WWE Studios and Film 4 to bring this great story to life.
Ive been buds with Paige for years now and we’re all excited to bring her and her family’s story to life.
Cool casting announcements coming this week!
This is very cool stuff, and color us MAXIMUM INTRIGUED by the “cool casting announcements.” Just going to go ahead and guess “Bella Thorne with an English accent” for Paige and … oh, let’s say Olivia Colman from Peep Show as Sweet Saraya.