Wednesday 26 July 2017

Clarke writes martial arts film

Noel Clarke would like to make a British equivalent to The Fighter
Noel Clarke would like to make a British equivalent to The Fighter

Noel Clarke has revealed he would like to make a film about mixed martial arts (MMA) and has already written the script.

The Adulthood director-actor wants to follow in the footsteps of successful Hollywood films such as The Fighter and The Wrestler, but with a British version.

"I looked at films like The Wrestler and The Fighter and thought to myself, 'Why hasn't there been a British film like that?' I'm trying to expand what British films do," he told Screen Daily.

Noel continued: "I've been a massive fan of the sport for a long time and this felt like the right time to make this film, as I've got more confident as a filmmaker. MMA is more popular than football when you look at the attendance figures. It's the fastest growing sport in the world."

The untitled film will focus on a "down on his luck MMA fighter who gets drawn further into the sport than he would have liked".

The 35-year-old revealed on Twitter that the script has already been written: "It's written already, been through loads of drafts and should be shooting in a few months."

Noel has co-written a romantic comedy with Davie Fairbanks called The Knot, due out in 2012, and said he was also working on a "sci-fi horror".

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