Kevin Connolly wants to make a Kimbo Slice biopic
Kimbo Slice was once a YouTube star, rising to fame after videos of his brutal street fights were posted to the popular video hosting site. Shortly after his rise to Internet notoriety, he made the transition over into professional MMA, a career that ended more quickly than everyone expected.
Kevin Connolly, most famous for playing Eric Murphy on HBO's Entourage, is looking to turn Kimbo's story into a film which he would direct. He told The Wrap, "I’m trying to get the Kimbo Slice story made. I have his life rights, we have a script that’s great. It’s out and about, and the powers that be are trying to put the money together…Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities. He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody’s name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the Internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden...became this celebrity."
I certainly see where he is coming from, as I fondly remember discovering Slice's fights on YouTube several years ago. Slice's story is pretty incredible, as his life was full of hardships before he found his Internet fame. That's apparently the side of the story the film really wants to focus on, as Slice helped guide the screenwriter through the process giving him plenty of stories to write about:
"It’s so personal to sit with a writer who you don’t know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to. But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn’t be happier with the script. I’m ready to go."
Connolly would be on board to direct, and it's likely that Slice would play himself in the film. Connolly seems pretty dedicated to getting this film made, and my interest is certainly piqued.
Would you guys want to see Slice's story on the big screen?