Producers option story of N.S. wrestler Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson
The remarkable story of Rocky Johnson, the African Nova Scotian professional wrestler who fathered one of Hollywood's biggest stars, may be coming to the big screen.
Toronto-based producers say they have optioned the ``life rights'' for Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Amherst, N.S., and father of actor Dwayne Johnson.
Siblings Jonathan and Justin Gajewski are described in a news release as ``emerging filmmakers'' who will produce and write the biopic, titled ``Ring King.''
The movie will tell the story of Johnson, a descendant of Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution.
He went on to be a WWE Hall of Famer with many wrestling titles.
He moved to Toronto as a teenager, after a troubled childhood in Nova Scotia that his famous son discussed in a Christmas 2016 Instagram post.