Deadline is exclusively reporting that Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions have teamed up with 101 Studios to work on Unstoppable, the biopic feature about Anthony Robles.
Despite being born with only one leg, raised by a single-parent, Robles overcame the obstacles to become an undefeated collegiate wrestling star, becoming a three-time All American, 2011 NCAA National Champion, two-time ESPY Award winner and a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.
Speaking about the project, Robles said:
Words cannot express how honoured I am to have my story made into a film. Because I was born missing my leg, my entire life I’ve had to deal with people having low expectations of me. When I got into wrestling, most people thought it was impossible for me to become even an average wrestler. I’m hopeful that people who see Unstoppable will walk away believing that you should never let your challenges define you. If you have a goal, go after it with everything you’ve got. Nothing is impossible.
Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia added:
Our entire Seven Bucks team is passionate about sharing stories that inspire and resonate on a global scale. We’ve had an eye on Anthony’s story for a long time and have been deeply moved by his perseverance that proves nothing is impossible. The powerful themes of redemption and tackling life’s obstacles are very familiar to us, we are excited to bring this triumphant underdog story to life.
Producer Hiram Garcia added:
Anthony’s story is really special and reveals the passion, determination and fearlessness needed to overcome challenges. Investing in the right stories with universal appeal is a huge priority for us at Seven Bucks, but more importantly, we want to share stories like Anthony’s that motivate the world.
David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, added:
[The Company was] moved and inspired by Anthony’s triumphs on the mat, but even more so, his triumphs of spirit and determination in his personal life. Unstoppable embodies the types of films that we want to bring to the screen: films that resonate universally because of their power to connect with audiences.
Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will produce the project alongside A Really Good Home Pictures’ Andy Fraser, Coonskin Cap Productions’ David Crockett and Gary Lewis. Bob Yari will serve as executive producer. The script is written by John Hindman, based on Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion, memoir Robles wrote with Austin Murphy that was published in 2012.