Hulk Hogan is arguably the most popular professional wrestler that ever lived with arguments that can only be justified by The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. What separates Hulk Hogan from these two icons is that he helped bring pro wrestling in the 1980’s to a pop culture phenomenon with Vince McMahon’s WWF and did it again in the 1990’s with Eric Bischoff in rival league WCW almost taking out Vince McMahon’s then WWF which he helped build into a dynasty.
The actor chosen to play the iconic wrestler is Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame and will be directed by Todd Phillips. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former WCW head Eric Bischoff is one of the producers along with Michael Sugar, Todd Phillips, and Bradley Cooper. Phillips, who recently completed DC Comics’ The Joker, will be directing the flick.
Hulk Hogan has been apart of monumental events in the history of sports entertainment. He helped to orchestrate some of the largest crowds drawn in history such as WrestleMania III with the equally iconic Andre The Giant in front of 93,000 plus fans.
Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant still have the most watched pro wrestling match in North American history as their rematch reached over 33 million viewers in February of 1988 on NBC.
Although Hulk Hogan was apart of the WWWF when Vince Mcmahon Sr was at the helm(it was Vince Sr who fired Hogan for being apart of the Rocky film), it wasn’t until Hulk Hogan’s fans were more than ready for Hulkamania to be Heavyweight Champion of the World. Verne Gagne in the AWA miscalculated the goldmine he had when Hogan was not crowned that league’s champion. Distraught at the situation, he jumped ship for a title match with The Iron Sheik and the WWF capitalized on his popularity by awarding him the league’s top prize.
Netflix is now being accused by some of seeking to sanitize Hogan’s image after he was publicly humiliated for spewing racial epithets. Hulk Hogan himself is acting as an executive producer.
In the 1980’s Hulk Hogan was considered to be the Michael Jordan of pro wrestling and is the only pro wrestler til even this day to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.