Seven Bucks Productions, the company owned and operated by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia, will produce a film based on the inspiring real life of sports hero Anthony Robles.
“Unstoppable” will follow Robles who, despite being born with one leg to a single-parent family on the wrong side of the tracks, overcame every obstacle to become an undefeated collegiate wrestling star, three-time All-American, 2011 NCAA National Champion, two-time ESPY Award winner and a National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.
Johnson and Garcia will partner with David Glasser’s 101 Studios, as well as A Really Good Home Pictures, Coonskin Cap Productions and Gary Lewis.
“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,” Johnson and Garcia said in a statement. “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.”
“Words cannot express how honored I am to have my story made into a film,” Robles said. “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.”
101 Studios is a new studio founded by former Weinstein Company COO David Glasser earlier this year. 101 released their first film, “The Current War,” last month after acquiring distribution rights from the bankrupt TWC.
“‘Unstoppable’ is a film that 101 Studios is so proud to be a part of,” Glasser said. “We were 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.”
“Unstoppable” will be produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions, Andy Fraser for A Really Good Home Pictures, David Crockett for Coonskin Cap Productions, and Gary Lewis. The film will be executive produced by Bob Yari with John Hindman writing the script from Robles’ autobiography.
Crockett, Fraser and UTA’s Rena Ronson sold the project to 101 Studios with help from Nicole Compas with Ramo Law. Brokering the deal were David Glasser and James Allen, represented by Leif Cervantes de Reinstein of Sheppard Mullin.