Josh Gad Gorgeous George: Writing Wrestling Film
Published: October 16, 2015
Josh Gad Gorgeous George: Writing Wrestling Film, Here is a collection of proper nouns that you didn’t think you’d see in a sentence today: Josh Gad is writing a biopic about influential wrestler Gorgeous George for WWE Studios. Gad is typically known for acting. WWE is typically known for schlocky genre movies. Gorgeous George, while certainly an interesting figure, doesn’t seem to be demanding a movie biography of his life. But here we are.
The news comes us to via Variety, who reports that Gad is penning the movie alongside his writing partner Ryan Dixon. WWE Studios will co-develop the project alongside Great Point Media. The film will be titled, rather appropriately, Gorgeous George, although one imagines that is subject to change.
Born in 1914, George Wagner began his professional wrestling career as a teen, fighting at local carnivals to support his family. By the early ’40s, he had adopted the nickname “Gorgeous George” and would enter the ring wearing gaudy outfits and outrageous hairstyles, taunting his opponents and the crowds alike with his flamboyant behavior. Gorgeous George would let the hatred of the crowds fuel his performances and he became an impressive showman. His bigger-than-life personality made him a huge star in the early days of television and he single-handedly made the ringside personalities at a wrestling match just as important as the physicality in the ring.
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