Kevin Costner will be giving voice to every wince, slap and ouch you see and will narrate The Hurt Business, a new documentary about the world of ultimate fighting that shines a light on the daily lives of some of the sport’s top fighters, as well as its controversial history and growing popularity.
Directed and written by Vlad Yudin, the film follows light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad “Suga” Evans, and Ronda Rousey, the now-former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Current UFC bantamweight champ Holly Holm, who defeated Rousey two weeks ago, will also appear.
Along with a look at their day to day lives, the film will examine how the sport went from being shunned as barbaric to the popular, celebrity-creating entertainment operation it is today. Yudin will also executive produce alongside Jim Czarnecki, and Yudin’s Vladar Co. producing partner Edwin Mejia is producer. The Hurt Business is a co-production with GI Fitness Network.
Other fighters slated to appear in the film include Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Georges St-Pierre, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten and Josh Barnett.
With Kickboxer Vengeance still in post-production, Headmon Entertainment and Acme Rocket Fuel said funding is in place for a sequel, to be titled Kickboxer 2: Retaliation. A remake of the schlocky ’80s martial arts classic that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as brother-avenging kickboxer Kurt Sloan, Kickboxer Vengeance sees newcomer Alain Moussi in the role of Sloan and Van Damme playing Sloan’s mentor, Master Durand. Also appearing in the film is Guardians Of The Galaxy and Spectre co-star Dave Bautista, Haywire‘s Gina Carano, and UFC champion George St. Pierre. It’s directed by John Stockwell from a script by Dimitri Logothetis of Acme Rocket Fuel and Jim McGrath, and is due for release in 2016.
Kickboxer Vengeance and Kickboxer 2: Retaliation are the first two projects for Acme Rocket Fuel. Headmon is providing the majority of funding for Kickboxer 2: Retaliation. Rob Hickman of Headmon, along with Logothetis and Ted Field of Radar Pictures, produce both films, with Larry Nealy and Steven Michael Swadling executive producing.