It would appear that the origins of the UFC and one of its founders in Rorian Gracie is heading to the big screen, according to a report from Deadspin.
Mandalay Sports Media will fund the film alongside WME-IMG, which are the majority owners of the UFC.
The film is going to be titled “Gracie” and it will show the growth of Gracie jiu-jitsu from its early beginnings all the way to Royce Gracie competing at UFC 1 in 1993. It is unknown how much of the film will focus on Art Davie, who is the other person responsible for the creation of the UFC.
Robert Specland will write the script for the film, while its going to be produced by Mike Tollin, Mason Gordon, Mark Card and Gordon Gray.
Tollin says the project is going to become an immediate priority for Mandalay Sports Media due to its close relationship with WME-IMG and the UFC.
“‘Gracie’ is the latest film project to take shape under the MSM/IMG output deal,” Tollin said. “Considering the close relationship between the Endeavor Content Group, IMG and UFC, this immediately becomes a priority project for us.”
There is no word at this time as to when viewers can expect to see the film in theaters or when shooting will start for the movie.