WWE legend The Rock announced Tuesday that he will be the executive producer on an upcoming movie based on the life story of WWE star Paige.
Paige – who has been missing from WWE programming since last summer due to a combination of WWE Wellness Policy violations and injuries – comes from a family of professional wrestlers. Her parents and two brothers all perform as wrestlers, and her family runs a wrestling promotion in her hometown of Norwich, England. Paige wrestled her first match professionally at the age of 13 and traveled across Europe and the United States before eventually signing with WWE in 2011.
The Rock will have a cameo in the film according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Rock wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that he was inspired by a documentary on the Bevis family that he saw years ago.
“Our @sevenbucksprod 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. “Fighting With My Family”
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 strong 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 cool story to life.
Paige and I both know what it’s like to come from a wrestling family who’s had it’s good and hard times. Her and I have talked about this project for years now and we’re all excited to bring her and her family’s story to life.”