IFC Movies has acquired North American rights to Embattled, an MMA drama a few father and son competing within the ring to settle a bitter household feud.
David McKenna wrote the screenplay for the movie, by which Stephen Dorff (Blade, I Shot Andy Warhol, True Detective) performs a person who turns his aggression right into a profitable profession in MMA cage-fighting. However when his second son is born with a developmental dysfunction, he abandons his household. McKenna’s 15-year-old son Colin, who was born with Williams Syndrome, portrays the boy.
Money’s older son Jett, performed by Darren Mann (Big Little Ones, Wayward Pines) follows his father into the ring — and finally faces him, IFC says, “in a battle that neither can actually win.”
“Director Nick Sarkisov and author David McKenna have made an bold and tender movie in regards to the ache that may be handed throughout generations. Embattled is a potent piece of labor, fueled by highly effective performances from Stephen Dorff and Darren Mann, and simply the kind of wealthy and textured filmmaking that we help,” mentioned Arianna Bocco, government vp of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Movies.
“Embattled was actually a labor of affection for us, and IFC Movies is the right companion to take it to audiences nationwide,” mentioned Sarkisov. “That is an genuine, shifting story about household and the difficult relationship that may exist between fathers and sons. It struck a chord with me, and is bound to do the identical with everybody who sees our movie.”
The forged additionally options Karrueche Tran (Claws), Elizabeth Reaser (The Haunting of Hill Home), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Drew Starkey (Outer Banks), Ava Capri (Blast Beat), Saïd Taghmaoui (Marvel Lady), and real-life UFC fighters Tyron Woodley, Cowboy Cerrone, and Eryk Anders, in addition to former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. MMA scenes have been choreographed by actor-stuntman Fernando Chien (Quick 5, The Final Ship).
Embattled was produced by Eryl Cochran, Scott LaStaiti and Sergey Sarkisov and government produced by Sarkisov, Dorff, Frank Ragen, Colleen Camp, and Rhys Coiro.
Embattled is scheduled to be launched by IFC Movies in November.