Monday, August 03, 2015

Ronda Rousey to star in her own biopic

Fresh on the heels of Ronda Rousey's 34 second KO of Bethe Correia, today Paramount Pictures announced they have acquired the rights to Ronda's autobiography My Fight/Your Fight and Ronda will star in the film. First of all, that is unheard of. As far as I know, the only athlete to star in his own biopic was Jackie Robinson in 1950. And that was a very low budget film. It looks like Paramount is looking to make a big splash with this picture. They have hired veteran producer Mary Parent who has worked on films like Godzilla and Pacific Rim. And Mark Bomback has been hired to write the script. Among his credits are Wolverine and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. My Fight/Your Fight is a New York Times bestseller and apparently a condition of buying the rights to the book is that Ronda has to star in it. You have to credit her agent Brad Slater of WME for that. That's a risk because though Ronda has crossed over from MMA to the mainstream, she hasn't starred in a film yet. Who knows if she can carry a film? So when these kind of announcements are made, the MMA media overreacts and tries to tell you she will leave MMA for acting. But these idiots don't understand it takes several years to develop these projects. Ronda has appeared in three films in glorified cameos. Her first starring role will be in Mile 22 starring with Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg. This film was supposed to film in Thailand this fall. But Variety reported today that the filming has been delayed until January so Ronda can fight Miesha Tate in December. The film is scheduled for a 2016 release but it will likely be pushed to 2017. She is also attached to the Warner Bros. film The Athena Project. That was announced last year but there is no script or director yet. There's no release date. Bomback is just starting on the script for My Fight, Your Fight. After that's finished, they have to name a director. And don't be surprised if that director is Berg because of his experience with sports films. Don't expect either of those films to see the light of day until at least 2018 or maybe later depending on which one is ready first. Until then, the studios won't know if Ronda is a box office draw. So if anyone tries to tell you that this is a sign that Ronda is retiring soon from the UFC, that person is full of crap. Retirement is several years away.

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