Amy Schumer is in discussions with Voltage Projects to jump aboard the biopic “Christy Martin”, the true story about the world champion boxer of the same name who had to fight through a man’s world to gain success and later personally found herself fighting for her life.
The film is written and to be directed by Katherine Fugate. Schumer is well known for her comedic roles, with her flick “I Feel Pretty” to come out soon, so playing a boxer would certainly be a change of pace for her.
According to the report from Deadline, Christy Martin came from little, rose up the ranks of her sport, found success but not true love until later in life. Once she realized who she was personally, she was then brutalized and left for dead by the man she trusted.
The story is based on the life of Martin (now going by Christy Salters) who grew up in West Virginia earning the nickname in the boxing world of The Coalminer’s Daughter after she won a boxing competition. By 1990, she was in the boxing ring pushing the glass ceiling for women to be allowed to box.
Martin had quite an amazing story, so should certainly be an interesting film. The project will be produced by Alix Madigan, Nicolas Chartier and Alissa Phillips. Jonathan Deckter will serve as exec producer.