The Rock planning to make a UFC biopic

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Dwayne Johnson is set to make a biopic of troubled UFC champion, Mark Kerr, from the early days of the sport.

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? No matter if not as he’s taken the liberty of verbally announcing one of his latest upcoming projects, taking all of the guesswork out of that sniffing. Whilst making an appearance at UFC 244 in New York over the weekend to award the BMF belt (we can’t spell out the acronym unfortunately, it has a rude word in there!) to the winner of the bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced at the event’s weigh-in that he is planning to make a UFC movie.

According to Dark Horizons, the film is set to be a biopic of early UFC heavyweight Mark Kerr, a former two-time UFC world champion who rose to prominence in the 1990s, the early ‘no-holds barred’ days of the sport, before it gained mainstream prominence. Kerr’s career was an impressive one but was also blighted with painkiller addiction whilst rule changes to the sport in its early form also made his victories increasingly difficult to find.

It marks an interesting choice for Johnson, who has been content for some time to make films that don’t necessarily stretch him as an actor but do guarantee good box-office returns. An existing documentary of Kerr’s career already exists: The Smashing Machine, aired in 2003 on HBO and detailed many of the aspects of Kerr’s life that the upcoming movie may cover.

More on this as we have it.

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