Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

HBO To Team With Rough House Pictures For Remake Of Irish Bare-Knuckle Fighting Doco 'Knuckle'

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist January 25, 2011 at 1:23AM

Production Shingle's Stalwarts David Gordon Green, Jody Hill & Danny McBride InvolvedHBO is set to team with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride's production shingle Rough House Pictures for a television remake of Ian Palmer's Sundance-starring documentary "Knuckle," which follows the story of two Irish families who attempt to settle their feud through bare-knuckle boxing.
1

Production Shingle's Stalwarts David Gordon Green, Jody Hill & Danny McBride Involved



HBO is set to team with David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride's production shingle Rough House Pictures for a television remake of Ian Palmer's Sundance-starring documentary "Knuckle," which follows the story of two Irish families who attempt to settle their feud through bare-knuckle boxing.

It's presumed the project will be a narrative TV series based on the documentary, which is already earning strong praise from its early appearance at Sundance with one review describing the pic as a "brutal, bizarre, darkly humorous and utterly compelling [...] managing to have almost no aesthetic gloss or artifice, while still delivering more than just unintelligible brawling."

Among those in contention for the remake rights were the production companies of Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr., and Vin Diesel but it looks like HBO and Rough House are set to win the race. Whether or not Green, Hill and McBride's involvement in the remake will extend from a producing role remains to be seen but -- at the very least -- Hill and McBride's own fascination with sport bodes well for potential involvement. Their partnership has a seen a feature "The Foot Fist Way" set in the world of martial arts, and the currently running series, "Eastbound & Down," is led by McBride's has-been baseball professional, so "Knuckle" isn't exactly outside their wheelhouse, although it remains to be seen whether the new project will share the comedic sensibilities of their earlier work. Here's the doc's full synopsis courtesy of the Sundance website:

Residing in Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom, the Travellers are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group with their own customs and a deep sense of clan pride, despite being interrelated by marriage within their small population. When conflicts arise, arguments are often settled through ritualized, bare-knuckle fighting. Director Ian Palmer followed members of the Traveller community for 12 years and became privy to a decades-long family feud of Hatfield-McCoy proportions.

At the center of the conflict is James, the confident, yet reluctant, defender of the Quinn McDonaghs, who is frequently challenged to fight his cousins, the Joyces. An outsider in a secretive world, Palmer waited years before he began to learn the reasons for the animosity between the rival clans. Disturbingly raw, yet compulsively engaging, KNUCKLE offers candid access to a rarely seen, brutal world where a cycle of bloody violence seems destined to continue unabated.

So pretty much the story behind Brad Pitt's character in Guy Ritchie's comedy-caper "Snatch" infused with a family rivalry drama a la the Hatfield and McCoys told through the twisted, hilarious eyes of the Rough House boys? Count us in. [Deadline]

This article is related to: Actors, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Danny McBride


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates