Some of you may remember that last fall I PSA'd a Kickstarter project to fund a movie about a gay baseball player. That project subsequently met its startup goal, and the filmmakers are currently seeking funding for the film, The First Out. That PSA spurred an exchange of emails with the scriptwriter, Rick Bauer, who told me about another script of his, written in 1988, concerning a struggling young professional wrestler.
Earlier this afternoon Rick checked in with some pretty exciting news. That script, currently titled Bobby Champion, is now being developed as a TV series, with plans to shoot the first two episodes in the Raleigh/Durham area, where I live. Virginia-area wrestler Adam Page is attached to play the title role. Just last week Adam signed a contract to wrestle for Ring of Honor, so this may be his big year. (As I type this, his autographed 8x10 hangs in the hallway between signed photos of Chris Steeler and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.)
Rick trained as a pro wrestler under the late Fabulous Moolah (whose signed glossy hangs three rows above Adam's, across from the bookcase holding a copy of her 2002 autobiography), for a while he promoted wrestling shows in the New Jersey area, and he has years of sports broadcasting experience, three years at ESPN, so it's safe to say that he knows the industry he writes about.
He tells me that a funding campaign may begin in October. For now, he and Chieko Alice Films, LLC, the Durham-based production company for the film, are drumming up fan interest in the project with a Facebook page and Twitter account. He asked me to "help spread the word about this project," adding, "It is going to be a fun program to watch."
For more information on this project as it develops, follow "Bobby Champion" on Twitter and Facebook (click the links above).