The story of trailblazing MMA fighter and Outsports Triumph Award winner Fallon Fox may be coming to a cineplex near you. Mark Gordon Pictures announced that its firm has a biopic project on the pioneering transgender athlete under development.
According to the entertainment industry journal Deadline, Fox will serve as a consultant to the project with Mark Gordon as producer. Gordon’s previous producing credits include the popular TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds and the box office hit that won five Academy Awards, Saving Private Ryan.
Fox shared the news on her social media.
Hey y’all! I feel honored to be able to tell you all that there is a movie in development by Mark Gordon Pictures chronicling my life! https://t.co/gBONqLsW1B— Fallon Fox (@FallonFox) April 21, 2021
For Fox, this is the next bold step in a sporting life where bold steps have been her calling card. Since coming out publicly in 2013, she’s taken a great deal of criticism and vitriol, but also given a great deal in terms of advocacy and education, in addition to being a fierce competitor in an MMA octagon.
“I’m really happy that this is in development,” Fox told Outsports. She added that this project takes on added importance in a time where more than 30 states are considering or have enacted legislation to ban transgender women and girls from competitive interscholastic and intercollegiate sports.
“This story needs to be told especially right now with what’s going on with all of the anti trans legislation,” Fox said. “I also think that they have an outstanding writing team including trans representation working on this. So, this should be a great film.”
The writing team Fox refers to will be the formidable husband-wife writing team of T Cooper, the director-producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Man Made who also has numerous television writing credits to his name, and journalist-author Allison Glock-Cooper.
“As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we know in our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the inside out, rather than from the outside looking in,” said the couple in a joint statement to Deadline. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen.”
Another member of the producing team, Bonnie-Chance Roberts, concurred. “Fallon Fox is a remarkable woman and athlete who has withstood and achieved so much in her life and whose story is far too little known,” Roberts told Deadline. “She is a universal, living icon of strength and persistence.”
We could not agree more!