Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Movie "Redbelt" Due in Summer 2008

by Caleb on April 13, 2007

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!

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William Koplitz April 14, 2007 at 2:03 am

I hate to be the first person to put my neck out. But I think this move might be great! Mamet is incredibly gifted. Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog etc are on his CV. His is also a BJJ practitioner. There are a lot worse choices than Mamet to direct this film. A lot! I am more than cautiously optimistic.

slideyfoot April 14, 2007 at 7:57 am

Just heard about this on Bullshido too – the fact that Chiwetel Ejiofor is definitely a good sign, because he’s a seriously good actor. Great range too – assassin in Serenity, drag queen in Kinky Boots, doctor in Dirty Pretty Things. Why not jiu jitsu master in Redbelt? Can but hope.

By the way, is it definitely BJJ? Sounds like it from the press releases, as it mentions both ‘jiu jitsu’ and ‘prize fighting’, but I haven’t seen specific mention of Brazilian or Gracie anywhere yet. Also, the fact its a red belt is a little confusing, unless they’re making a link with Helio etc?

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