WWE and Blumhouse Television in a press release announced the partnership to develop a limited scripted series called, The United States of America Vs. Vince McMahon. Jason Blum’s company, Blumhouse is set to develop the series for television and it will be led by Blumhouse TV President Chris McCumber. There have been reports of a show that will come into being about the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in the past. It has been announced that the series will be the first-ever scripted dramatic portrayal of a chapter in WWE’s history. It is noted that the show is also the first scripted portrayal of McMahon as well as many of the legendary Superstars of that era.
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The show is set to document WWE during the 1990s when Rupert Murdoch had purchased the New York Post to further his massive infiltration into the U.S. media landscape. For years the infamous Post writer Phil Mushnick had constantly pounded 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 drew the attention of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that was the nation’s most prestigious federal prosecutor’s office with a conviction rate of over 96 percent. Randy Orton Wife Breaks Silence On Hiatus
Back in 1994, the U.S. government had charged McMahon for allegedly supplying anabolic steroids to WWE talents. McMahon with WWE on the verge of insolvency had declined 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.
Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer & Chief of Global Television Distribution had said:
“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.”
Chris McCumber, Blumhouse Television President had said:
“We have a dramatic, riveting saga – one that’s crazier than fiction – that will appeal to the cross-section of Blumhouse and WWE fans. To say I’m thrilled about collaborating again with WWE is an understatement.”
It has been also noted that McMahon, Dunn, Blum, McCumber, and Jeremy Gold will serve as executive producers on the project. The Blumhouse Television team which is led by McCumber have made several significant development announcements in the last few weeks, including the straight-to-series pick-up of The Thing About Pam, starring Renee Zellweger in her broadcast TV debut for NBC; Blumhouse Ghost Story, the scripted series based on The Battersea Poltergeist BBC podcast, and the companion unscripted series; the continuing series based on Patricia Cornwell’s world’s best-selling “Kay Scarpetta” novels for a major; and the exclusive multi-year partnership with ITV America for provocative, disruptive and terrifying content to every corner of the non-fiction space, including Escape the Maze (wt) the first project derived from the partnership; among several other announcements.