EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Outfit Argent Pictures is popping its Fox Sports boxing documentary They Fight into a narrative feature film.
Andrew Renzi directed the authentic documentary and will write the screenplay for the new function. Mandalay Pictures can even produce.
Produced by means of Argent, Renzi and Common, and primarily based on a Washington Post article by means of Michael Minahan, the document charted the street to the 2017 Junior Olympics for younger teenagers preventing to shield titles and avenge losses – all at the same time as balancing their lives at home, at school, at paintings and inside the network.
Like the documentary, the new film will tell the tale a collection of adolescent boxers and their previously incarcerated teach in Southeast Washington DC on the street to defend their country wide titles.
Hacksaw Ridge backer Argent’s Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, and Mandalay Pictures‘ Jason Michael Berman (The Birth Of A Nation) will produce the new version. Executive manufacturers are Argent partners and sports activities stars Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, NBA all-star protect Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, retired NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, and retired NBA all-megastar Michael Finley.
Fox Sports obtained the documentary final 12 months and showcased the movie as part of their Magnify Film Series even as also liberating the movie in pick theaters national.
Producer Ryan Ahrens stated, “We in reality felt compelled to make a larger cinematic model of this story after seeing how effective the documentary played and the target market connection to it. Not each documentary lends itself to narrative tales on the massive display screen, however we feel They Fight is one of these uncommon tales that merits to be shared with characteristic film audiences. Andrew’s ardour has driven this venture from the beginning and we’re happy to companion with him on the function!”
Renzi brought, “Growing up in Philadelphia, wherein Rocky and Creed are perceived as a lot extra than just fictional characters, boxing testimonies have continually had a large area in my heart. After spending years making my documentary, I without a doubt felt like there was hollow in the style that needed to be filled. Similar to what Friday Night Lights did for a soccer town, I’m inquisitive about showing in which our boxing legends began, the network that molds them, and the rush and pull among the game and the arena outside of the hoop when financial profits are not but within the equation.”
Argent are behind recently found out tasks such as Good Joe Bell with Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton and Gary Sinise, a brand new function bio-percent on American soccer big name Hope Solo, and the horror comedy Bride And Doom, which Eli Craig is writing and directing.
Renzi is presently in put up manufacturing on his new movie, Ready for War, a documentary function about the phenomenon of deported U.S. Veterans. The film is being executive produced by means of Drake and David Ayer for Showtime.
Lisa Nitti negotiated the They Fight deal on behalf of Argent Pictures. Linda Lichter negotiated on behalf of Andrew Renzi.