News broke last week that Netflix have commissioned a six-part documentary series chronicling the life of WWE head honcho Vince McMahon.
The series will be produced by WWE Studios and Bill Simmons and it has emerged that it will be directed by an individual with huge pedigree in the genre.
Chris Smith will helm the project and whilst his name may not be familiar, there is a good chance you have seen one of his more recent Netflix projects.
In 2017, Smith directed ‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’, the documentary telling the story of the making of the Andy Kaufman movie, ‘Man In The Moon’ starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. This film has a wrestling connection itself as a large portion of Man In The Moon followed Kaufman’s sojourn in the wrestling industry and featured Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler in a prominent role as well as a Jim Ross cameo.
More recently, Smith directed ‘Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened’, released in early 2019 and chronicling the story of the doomed Fyre Festival. The documentary itself was arguably the Tiger King of its year, capturing huge attention worldwide.
Later the same year, and also for Netflix, Smith directed ‘The Disappearance Of Madeline McCann’, an eight part series about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the titular young girl in Portugal in 2007.
With a pedigree like this, fans can be assured that Vinnie Mac’s documentary is in incredibly safe hands.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Token CEO (Transcribed by Fightful), Vince’s daughter Stephanie commented on why she thinks her father is deserving of this huge spotlight and why the world should watch:
“For the first time ever, there is a four-part documentary on the life of my father Vince McMahon and it’s going to be on Netflix. It’s a really big deal. I’m totally nervous about it because I want to protect my dad, not that he wants to be protected. It’s going to be incredible. There’s no one like my father. He grew up in a trailer park in North Carolina and didn’t meet his dad until he was 13 and had no running water until he was 10. To have someone who truly lived the American dream, who believed in himself and was willing to invest in himself. The things he had to do to even get into the business, let alone take over the business. He had this vision to make one global brand.
At the time, some of those [regional] promotions had connections with the mafia and other organizations. Death threats were a regular thing. I had heard these stories before, but I didn’t understand the timing until I was a parent. He was going through all of that when we were kids. It puts things in a whole different perspective. The courage, the guts, and a take no prisoners attitude; that was my dad. Just pure, driven, ambition. He turned a regional wrestling promotion into a global media empire that is still growing. His story deserves to be told. There’s a balance there because every successful person has character traits that are interesting. There’s lots of fun along the way and I can’t wait to see what comes out.”
There has been no word yet on a release date but based on previous Netflix release patterns, the tail end of 2021 would seem to be a solid bet.