Biopics are becoming a trend in Hollywood and another one is in the works. Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia will have his own biopic following his death last May 27, 2012 and it will be played by Shiloh Fernandez (popularly known for his role in 2011’s Red Riding Hood), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on true events of the legendary boxer’s life in his early years, and is directed by Eddie Alcaraz and co-written by Bettina Gilois. Anonymous Content’s production is slated to start on 2013.
Tapia is one of the greatest fighters in the 1990’s era who started boxing at age nine. He became WBO Superflyweight and WBO Bantamweight champion.
Despite his success in boxing, Tapia endured a tragic streak. His dad was murdered before he was born and by the time he was eight years old, his mom was brutally kidnapped, raped and murdered. These led him to being dependent on drugs, and later he suffered a cocaine overdose. His brother-in-law and nephew were killed in a car accident.