Blumhouse Television has officially teamed up with World Wrestling Entertainment to develop a brand new limited scripted series titled The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon. The series will be centered around the 90s steroids case where McMahon was accused by the government of giving steroids to wrestlers.
“Jason, Chris, and their team at Blumhouse create amazing work and we look forward to delivering an inside look into one of the most pivotal moments in our company’s history,” said WWE Executive Producer & Chief of Global Television Distribution, Kevin Dunn said in the statement.
Should the project secure an official series order, this would mark the first-ever scripted dramatic portrayal of a chapter in WWE’s history as well as the first scripted portrayal of McMahon along with many of the legendary Superstars of that era.
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The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon will delve into WWE during the 1990s, at the time Rupert Murdoch had purchased the New York Post to further his massive infiltration into the U.S. media landscape. For years, infamous Post writer Phil Mushnick regularly hammered WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon in his column. Headlines like “Legislators Give WWE A Free Pass On ‘Roids” and “McMahon Skips Through the Cemetery” eventually captured the attention of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York – the nation’s most prestigious federal prosecutor’s office with a conviction rate of over 96 percent.
In 1994, the U.S. government indicted McMahon for allegedly supplying anabolic steroids to WWE talent. McMahon, with his liberty at stake, two school-aged children at home, and WWE on the brink of bankruptcy, refused to take a plea deal. Ultimately, McMahon stood trial and was acquitted unanimously by a jury of his peers and went on to build a multi-billion-dollar global sports entertainment empire.
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“We have a dramatic, riveting saga – one that’s crazier than fiction – that will appeal to the cross-section of Blumhouse and WWE fans,” Blumhouse Television President, Chris McCumber said. “To say I’m thrilled about collaborating again with WWE is an understatement.”
The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon will be executive produced by Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, Kevin Dunn, and McMahon. This marks Blumhouse Television’s latest project following acclaimed shows such as The Loudest Bird, Sharp Objects, and The Good Lord Bird.