According to Variety, the first BJJ movie to be taken on my Hollywood will be hitting the big screen in summer 2008, and will be directed by David Mamet. The main character is reported to be played by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will enact the part of a BJJ master who “has eschewed prizefighting tooperate a self-defense studio… When he is conned by a cabal of movie stars and fight promoters, he must enter the ring to fight in order to regain his honor.”
We’ll keep you posted on what we learn of this endeavor, but if history is any indicator, this fight movie is not likely to be terribly successful. We remain cautiously optimistic.
Coming up… our Sunday episode of The FightWorks Podcast will feature the youngest American to ever receive a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Ricky Lundell!