Lionsgate Unveil Photos and Posters for Stephen Merchant’s Wrestling Biopic FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Featuring Florence Pugh
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a comedy-drama written, executive produced and directed by Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winner Stephen Merchant, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar Paige and her family of professional wrestlers.
The film is inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings. Wrestling has always kept this family together -- but now it could tear them apart.
Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia served as producers on the film with Hiram Garcia serving as executive producer. Kevin Misher of Misher Films produced alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi in association with The Ink Factory. Other executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Tracey Josephs and David Kosse for Film4, Rhodri Thomas (The Ink Factory), Andy Berman (Misher Films). WWE Studios and The Ink Factory co-financed the film with Film4, who developed the project from its inception. Rising star Florence Pugh will play WWE Superstar Paige with Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden playing her family. Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Merchant will also appear in the film.
Starring Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden with Appearances by Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant and Dwayne Johnson, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY hits Cinemas on March 1.
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY WILL BE RELEASED ON MARCH 1 IN THE UK & IRELAND BY LIONSGATE UK
ABOUT LIONSGATE FILMS
Lionsgate U.K. is the diversified U.K.-based filmed entertainment arm of Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The company (formerly Redbus Film Distributors) was acquired by Lionsgate in October 2005 and has since established a reputation in the U.K. as a leading producer and distributor and acquirer of commercially successful and critically acclaimed product, recently releasing the 6 time BAFTA and OSCAR winning “LA LA LAND”, the BAFTA and OSCAR winner “HACKSAW RIDGE as well as more recently the festival hit ON CHESIL BEACH, THEIR FINEST, HITMAN’S BODYGUARD, FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL and WONDER. Upcoming titles for the 2018 slate include THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, A SIMPLE FAVOUR and ROBIN HOOD.
The company’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office- to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
ABOUT METRO GOLDWYN MAYER
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution.
ABOUT THE INK FACTORY
The Ink Factory is an independent studio with global reach, founded in 2010 by Stephen and Simon Cornwell. The company tells compelling stories across television, film, games and immersive experiences, developing these from inception to release, through long-term relationships with authors and creators. They take bold creative and financial decisions and seek out opportunities for ambitious and genre-defining work.
A core pillar of the company is the adaptation of the work of author John le Carré for film, television and other media. The Ink Factory’s latest feature - Drew Pearce’s directorial debut Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown is out now, and they are currently in production on a television adaptation of le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl directed by Park Chan-wook as well as developing a series based on The Spy Who Came in From the Cold produced in association with Paramount TV, both for the BBC and AMC.
The company is behind the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series The Night Manager, based on a le Carré novel of the same name for the BBC and AMC, as well as A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carré, released in 2014. Other past projects include Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and based on the award-winning novel by Ben Fountain, and Netflix Original Message from the King, a noir thriller by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Ink Factory has also partnered with one of the games industry's top talents, Matt Nava, to found digital studio Giant Squid. Giant Squid’s first game, the twice BAFTA nominated ABZÛ, was released in August 2016. The company is headquartered in London and Los Angeles. ABOUT SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi- platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion. Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, New Line’s Rampage, Legendary’s Skyscraper, Universal’s The Janson Directive and Red Notice and Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The company also produces original television programming including HBO's "Ballers,” Spike TV's "Rock the Troops” and HBO Documentary Films’ "Rock and a Hard Place.”
ABOUT STEPHEN MERCHANT
Merchant is an Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He made his name as co-creator, co-writer and co-director (alongside Ricky Gervais) of BBC’s critically acclaimed The Office and Extras, which earned Merchant three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Peabody Award, among others. Merchant also served as an executive producer on the long-running US adaptation of The Office, which received five Primetime Emmy Awards and 42 nominations during its run on NBC.
He was the co-creator, star, writer, executive producer and director of HBO’s Hello Ladies, a sitcom based on his stand-up show of the same name. The series ended with a 90 minute special, which received two nominations at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2010, he directed his first feature film alongside Gervais, a 1970s-set drama titled Cemetery Junction.
As an actor, Merchant previously appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson in Tooth Fairy. He played Caliban in Logan, the Wolverine sequel, and recently finished shooting roles in two movies: crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, appearing opposite Claire Foy; and war satire Jojo Rabbit, with Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson.
ABOUT MISHER FILMS
After helping to build four of Universal's most successful franchises (Fast and Furious, The Mummy, The Bourne Identity and Meet the Parents), Kevin Misher formed his eponymous company in 2001.
He has produced the hit follow up to The Mummy franchise, The Scorpion King with Dwayne Johnson, as well as The Rundown, also starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Peter Berg, The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, Fighting starring Channing Tatum, Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts, and the remake of Steven King's classic horror tale, Carrie starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz.
In addition to Fighting with my Family in 2019, Sony will release Misher’s thriller MISS BALA starring Gina Rodríguez (Jane the virgin tv show) directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and he will start production on the Sci-fi drama BIOS starring Tom Hanks, to be directed by Miguel Sapochnik (Game of thrones) for Amblin /Universal and the sequel to the classic comedy Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy being written by Kenya Barris (Blackish) for Paramount.
ABOUT WWE STUDIOS
WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premier global entertainment companies. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.
WWE Studios recently launched genre label EREBUS PICTURES with KISS Icon Gene Simmons; with the first film being Temple starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins®. Films from WWE Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and WWE Legend Shawn Michaels®; and animated films, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon and The Flintstones Stone Age Smackdown.
Upcoming films from WWE Studios include The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania with WWE Superstars Big Show®, Alicia FoxTM, Roman Reigns®, Seth Rollins® and Sheamus®, the Sundance film Sleight starring Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and Seychelle Gabriel, Killing Hasselhoff starring Ken Jeong and David Hasselhoff, and Brother’s Blood starring Trey Songz and WWE Superstar R-Truth®.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo. Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at WWE and Corporate.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
Film4’s recent releases include Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, and Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting. Forthcoming releases include Bart Layton’s American Animals, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose and Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Films in production or pre-production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl, and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
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