Pro wrestling has a passionate fanbase, but it is a niche interest with some serious stigma. In spite of popularity, people don’t take it as seriously as “real sports.” This was also a problem that Seven Bucks Productions faced when trying to find a studio for Fighting With My Family.
While speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, The Rock discussed the fact that they couldn’t find a movie studio to buy the upcoming Paige biopic. It seems that the fact nobody knew about the Knight Family didn’t help, but the real stumbling block might have been the fact that it takes place in the pro wrestling world.
“We wanted a studio to buy into it, and no one did. We got passed on everywhere. It was a small British comedy about a crazy wrestling family that wasn’t famous.”
Dany Garcia, The Rock’s ex-wife and co-CEO of Seven Bucks Productions explained how Paige’s story couldn’t be told without pro wrestling. Unfortunately, the pro wrestling world still has the ability to turn people off.
“Wrestling is the conduit for Paige’s journey. And that has a certain stigma.”
Fighting With My Family is an indie movie with a wide release and it had a Sundance Film Festival premiere. If fans turn out in droves to see this film it might just go on to help change Hollywood’s preconceived notion of pro wrestling. Until then, it might be hard to get a major studio to drop too much money on sports entertainment stories.