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Owen Hart's tragic tale to hit big screen

By MICHELLE MARK -- Calgary Sun

The stage is set for a major Hollywood movie paying homage to the life of wrestler Owen Hart.

 The Calgary wrestler's widow confirmed yesterday she has signed over movie rights to the story of her and her late husband's life to Artisan Entertainment in California.

 "There's a lot of mystery behind what really happened and the story has never before been told properly," Martha Hart said of Owen's fatal wrestling accident in 1999.

 Hart said all proceeds from the movie deal -- the amount of which she declined to disclose -- will go to the Owen Hart Foundation.

 "I would never exploit my pain, my life and my stories for personal financial gain," she said.

 "I want to focus on the good work that's come out of Owen's death. I can't get yesterday back, but I'm hoping I can make a better future."

 While filming details have yet to be finalized, Hart hopes at least part of the movie will be shot in Calgary.

 And while she doesn't know if she'll appear in the movie itself, she will be featured in a vignette at the film's end talking about the Owen Hart Foundation.

 She expects the film to be completed by the end of 2003.

 Meantime, Hart is also writing a book with Sun sports writer Eric Francis about her life with Owen set to be in bookstores next fall.

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