Media outlets are reporting that Dwayne Johnson is teaming up with WWE Studios and Film4 to produce wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family, based on the true story of WWE star Paige.
The film, which is inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family, follows the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when Saraya and Zak get a chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings.
Speaking about the project, Dwayne Johnson said:
Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel. Not only was I intrigued by this loving and wild family, but I also felt it’s the kind of narrative that would make an amazing movie. The Knights’ journey is a universal one that all families are familiar with. I relate to Saraya (Paige) and her wrestling family on such a personal level and it means so much that I can help tell their story.
WWE Studios President Michael Luisi said:
What an incredible opportunity for WWE Studios to partner with revered WWE Superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to bring the compelling, heartwarming and often hilarious family story of WWE Superstar Paige to audiences worldwide. Stephen Merchant has such a keen creative eye and we are thrilled to work with Daniel Battsek and his team at Film4, Kevin Misher, to bring for the very first time the tale of one of our own to the big screen.
The comedy-drama is set to be written and directed by Stephen Merchant, who co-starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in 2010’s Tooth Fairy, whilst also behind the lens on The Office and Extras television series and feature film Cemetery Junction. Dwayne Johnson will play a role in the film, which will have Florence Pugh starring as Paige and Jack Lowden starring as Zak.
WWE Studios are co-financing the film with Film4, who have developed the project since it’s inception, with shooting set to commence in Los Angeles and London this month. Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions will serve as executive producers on the project, while Kevin Misher of Misher Films will serve as producer alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi.