There’s a Hulk Hogan biopic in the works that will star Chris Hemsworth as Hogan, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Here’s more on their exclusive story that broke this afternoon.
Chris Hemsworth will star as wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan in a biopic that reunites Todd Phillips with Scott Silver, the respective director and writer of the upcoming DC Comics movie, The Joker.
Deals for the Hogan project are in the midst of closing with Netflix. Producing will be Michael Sugar, the Academy Award winner behind Spotlight who will produce via his Netflix-based Sugar23, and Phillips and Bradley Cooper who will produce via their banner, Joint Effort. Also producing will be Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff.
Interesting name at the end there, huh? Eric Bischoff has been a very close friend of Hogan’s since their days working together in WCW in the mid-1990s with Bischoff running the company and Hogan as the top star. They are still close friends.
It was noted in the Hollywood Reporter story that the story of the movie will focus on Hogan’s rise to the top of the wrestling business in the 1980s and the growth of Hulkamania. They noted that the deal took months to put together with Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) acting as a consultant on the film and an executive producer. The movie will not cover Hogan’s downturn this decade due to his sex tape scandal and racist comments.
Hemsworth, who is 35 years old, has had a great movie career and stars in two big movies coming up soon with Avengers: Endgame on April 26 and Men in Black: International on June 14.
There is no word on when the biopic will be released. As it says in the story, the deal is close, so that’s all we know for now.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH YOU JABRONI I SWEAR TO JESUS I SUPLEX YOU WHEN I SEE YOU REMEMBER WHO MAKE THE HULKAMANIA AND IS THE REAL LEGEND OF THE EARTH
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 20, 2019
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— Miro (@ToBeMiro) February 20, 2019
TJR Thoughts: It’s not a surprise that there would be a movie about Hogan’s life considering he is arguably the most famous wrestler of all-time. Whether you like him or not, it’s hard to deny the impact he has had on the wrestling business. There has been some bad stuff in this last decade of his life and I think they should at least cover that, but apparently they are just going to focus on the rise of Hulkamania instead.
It will be interesting to see Hemsworth looking like Hogan since he obviously doesn’t look him right now. That’s the magic of movie making, I guess.