Rousey to star in film adaptation of autobiography ‘My Fight/Your Fight’
Ronda Rousey is already the most talked-about fighter in the UFC, and now the story of her rise to fame will be told on the big screen.
Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Rousey’s recently released autobiography, "My Fight/Your Fight," and attached writer Mark Bomback to adapt the book into a screenplay for the Hollywood studio.
According to Variety, the film will also feature Rousey in the starring role. She will play herself in the story about her rise to prominence from Olympic Judo bronze medalist to UFC champion.
Mary Parent is producing the movie alongside Rousey and Bomback, who will serve as executive producer on the project.
"It’s a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda’s incredible story to the big screen," Parent said Monday.
The report also states that as soon as Rousey’s book was released, movie rights for the story were being shopped around to multiple studios, but the UFC women’s bantamweight champion wanted to star in the film as part of the deal.
Biopics rarely feature the subject in a starring role, but it has been done previously. Marshall Mathers, aka rapper Eminem, starred in the 2002 film "8 Mile" that was largely based on his biography as he escaped the streets of Detroit to become one of the most successful hip-hop artists of all time.
It appears Rousey is ready to follow suit.
Rousey has already had roles in several Hollywood features including "The Expendables 3," "Furious 7" and "Entourage."
There’s no word yet on when "My Fight/Your Fight" will officially go into production. Bomback, who also wrote "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "Live Free or Die Hard," has just started to work on the adaptation.
Rousey also has a busy schedule with a fight against Miesha Tate likely taking place later this year before she goes overseas to film "Mile 22" with Mark Wahlberg for eight to 10 weeks beginning in 2016.
The film adaptation of "My Fight/Your Fight" would likely happen at some point in the latter half of 2016.
Rousey continues to break new ground in her career after her most recent fight against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 ended in just 34 seconds, and now she will become the first mixed martial artist to have her life adapted for the screen — not to mention she will be starring in the movie as herself.