Rich Franklin transformed himself from family man and high school math teacher into one of mixed martial arts best fighters, and Franklin’s rise to the top of the UFC will now serve as the basis for a Hollywood movie, American Fighter.
Eric Eisner’s Double E Pictures and Motion Theory have optioned the life rights to Franklin’s story, and hired David Hollander (The Cleaner, The Guardian) to write the script. Eisner will produce the movie with Motion Theory’s Sean Sorensen. The biopic will also trace the rise of MMA as a billion-dollar, worldwide sports phenomenon.
“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.
Eisner said, “This is a truly inspirational story that we are excited to tell.”