Christian Gudegast, director of 'Den of Thieves,' will write and direct a film about MMA fighter Royce Gracie and the birth of the UFC.
The movie will focus on Gracie's debut in UFC 1 in 1993, where he displayed the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Gudegast, holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, has been captivated by this remarkable story for 25 years.
He believes Gracie's achievement that night is one of the most extraordinary athletic accomplishments of all time.
Royce Gracie's victory in UFC 1 marked a seismic shift in the fight world, challenging the dominance of boxing and introducing a new era of mixed martial arts.
Derived from Japanese jiu-jitsu, Gracie Jiu-jitsu, developed by his family, became integral to the UFC.
The Gracie family, led by Royce's uncle Carlos, played a crucial role in popularizing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and propelling the sport to international fame.
Their story embodies a true samurai spirit that is both fascinating and inspiring.
Tucker Tooley, producer of hit films like 'We're The Millers' and 'Den of Thieves,' will produce the new film on Royce Gracie and the birth of the UFC.
Tooley compares the significance of Gracie's victory to the impact of NWA's 'Straight Outta Compton' on the hip-hop world, as it gave birth to a new and profound genre.
With his production company, Tucker Tooley Entertainment, having a track record of successful films grossing over $2.5 billion worldwide, the film is set to captivate audiences and bring Gracie's story to a wider audience.
Royce Gracie reflects on the night of his UFC 1 debut, acknowledging the intensity and significance of the moment.
He expresses his excitement for the world to hear his story and emphasizes that everything he is today is because of jiu-jitsu.
Gracie's remarkable achievement paved the way for future MMA fighters and left a lasting impact on the world of martial arts.
His story is one of determination, skill, and the unyielding spirit of a warrior.
Christian Gudegast has been inspired by the UFC since witnessing UFC 1 and has had the honor of training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family.
He believes that Gracie's story is endlessly fascinating, as it embodies a true samurai spirit that is from another time.
Gudegast has nothing but utmost respect for Royce Gracie as a man and warrior, and he aims to honor his achievements through this film.
Having previously worked on action films, Gudegast is well-equipped to bring the intensity and excitement of Gracie's journey to the screen.
Tucker Tooley Entertainment, founded by Tucker Tooley and Greg Renker, has produced successful films grossing over $2.5 billion worldwide.
Their upcoming projects include Lee Daniels' horror thriller 'The Deliverance' and 'Arthur the King' starring Mark Wahlberg.
Tooley's expertise in producing compelling and commercially successful films ensures that Gracie's story will be handled with care and reach a wide audience.
With their support, the film is poised to become a cinematic masterpiece that honors the birth of the UFC and the legacy of Royce Gracie.