WWE Studios announced Josh Gad (The Wedding Ringer, Frozen) and Ryan Dixon will be writing the script for the Gorgeous George biopic. That’s cool news in itself, but the potential future of what this could lead to has me far more excited.
Gorgeous George will chronicle the life and career of George Raymond Wagner, the legendary professional wrestler and sports entertainer credited with inspiring the flamboyant personas of everyone from Muhammad Ali to James Brown. Throughout his career, George reached staggering heights and brought joy to millions of fans with his onscreen promos and outrageous characters, ushering sports into the TV Age.
“Gorgeous George was a true pioneer in television,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “Josh is a true talent and we are thrilled to see him and Ryan tackle such a groundbreaking story.”
While Gorgeous George was well before my time as a wrestling fan, I’m most intrigued at the possibilities of WWE Studios looking into doing more biopics of wrestling’s greatest stars. Sure, WWE Studios can dabble in horror and action films, but wrestling biopics seems like a perfect match.
It’s essentially an untapped market and a movie genre WWE Studious would have the best perspective and ability to do justice since it has unrivaled access to the behind the scene access and is used to making wrestlers larger than life.
Just imagine a Ric Flair, Ultimate Warrior, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Mick Foley or Shawn Michaels biopic. The possibilities for thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining wrestling biopics are endless.
To learn more about Gorgeous George, check out the biography from site partner Amazon.com:Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture