Josh Gad to Co-Write 'Gorgeous George' Biopic for WWE Studios

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The film will chronicle the life and career of professional wrestler George Raymond Wagner, whose outrageous characters have been credited with inspiring the personas of Muhammad Ali and James Brown.

Josh Gad and longtime writing partner Ryan Dixon are set to script a biopic about professional wrestler George Raymond Wagner, entitled Gorgeous George, which is being developed by WWE Studios and Robert Halmi Jr.'s Great Point Media.

The film will explore the life and career of Wagner, whose outrageous characters inspired the personas of Muhammad Ali, James Brown and others and excited fans, helping to bring sports into the TV age. Wagner was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.

"Gorgeous George was a true pioneer in television," WWE Studios president Michael Luisi said in a statement. "Josh is a true talent and we are thrilled to see him and Ryan tackle such a groundbreaking story."

WWE Studios will handle worldwide rights to Gorgeous George and will leverage the wrestling powerhouse's many platforms, including weekly TV shows and the WWE Network and social media, to market the title.

Gad recently wrapped production on Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, in which he played Le Fou, and is next set to play Roger Ebert opposite Will Ferrell as Russ Meyer in STX Entertainment's Russ and Roger. In May his voice will be heard in Sony's Angry Birds animated film.

Gad is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Ziffren Brittenham. Dixon is represented by ICM and Ziffren Brittenham.

Bradley Buchanan negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios.

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