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Rich Franklin Biopic In the Works

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(“Is this too much?”)

According to a release from Authentic Sports Management, Eric Eisner’s Double E Pictures has optioned the film rights for former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s life story.

Eisner has hired screenwriter David Hollander (The Cleaner; The Guardian) to pen the script and Sean Sorensen from Motion Theory to produce the film that will chronicle Franklin’s journey from math teacher and self-taught mixed martial artist to UFC middleweight champion.

“I’m happy to be in business with Sean and Motion Theory, and look forward to working with David to capture the story of Rich’s remarkable life,” Eisner said. “This is a truly inspirational story that we are excited to tell.”

The son of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Eric Eisner is perhaps best known as the producer of the critically acclaimed film Hamlet 2. He is the founder of the now defunct website and worked in the hockey operations department of the Anaheim Ducks where he helped renegotiate the team’s radio and television contracts. He also worked for a scout for the organization.

Franklin, who will join fellow Cincinnati native Matt Hamill and fellow UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo in having his life story told on the big screen, says he is looking forward to the finished product.

“I’m excited to see the story of my career as a fighter brought to the screen, and I feel confident that the team assembled will do a great job in telling this story,” Franklin said.

Hollander feels that the movie will speak to not only fans of MMA, but also to fans of a great story.

“Rich’s story has that rare combination of qualities that make for a great sports film; human drama, great obstacle and seemingly insurmountable odds,” said Hollander. “The fact that all of this is set against the formation of an exploding and dangerous sport and that Rich basically defined what a UFC champion could be make it uniquely interesting to write.”

Timelines for the production and release of the film were not disclosed, but casting is expected to begin soon. Hopefully “Ace” isn’t playing himself. Sorry, Rich. We love you dude, but we all saw Cyborg Soldier.

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agentsmith- July 29, 2011 at 5:59 am
A young Eric Roberts as Franklin, and Mario Lopez as Gurgel.
XENOPHON- July 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm
I suggest they name the film "Pretty in Pink!"
mDino- July 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm
jon leguizamo as jorge gurgel
skeletor- July 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm
You guys are all missing the real question here. Who will play the role of Josh Rafferty?
Magic Wandy- July 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm
How can Jim Carrey not play this role? lol
Dojima- July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Pretty sure its gonna be called, "The Teacher", in keeping with the theme of Hollander's body of work.
Machiavelli- July 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm
There are plenty of worse fighters to make a movie about. Tito is one, but then again it might end as a porno.
the silver hawaiian- July 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm
I like it, Horatio BONGTAR!
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 28, 2011 at 11:26 am
That's what I'm saying...hook Jim Carrey up on some roids

Fucking captcha has accents above the letters, what the hell am I supposed to do?
As Good As Anyone- July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am
Rich "Ace Ventura" Franklin.
Nobody but Jim Carrey could play him.
Fried Taco- July 28, 2011 at 10:52 am
Eric Eisner has quite the resume there, can't see how this movie would fail.
agentsmith- July 28, 2011 at 10:42 am
I presume the film will end before either his first or second fight with Anderson Silva.
BONGTAR- July 28, 2011 at 10:34 am
I think the cut man Stitch Duran looks like Edward James Olmos. I like to call him....[puts on sunglasses] Edward James Almost.
mDino- July 28, 2011 at 10:27 am
jon leguizamo.
edhedicus- July 28, 2011 at 10:21 am
So who should play Ace.... lets see....