First Look: Channing Tatum in Fighting
I doubt that many of you saw A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints from 2006. It wasn't that great of a film, but at least it was interesting. It was written and directed by the same real person that it was actually about - Dito Montiel - an Astoria, Queens native telling the story of his teen years growing up. Dito's next movie is one currently called Fighting and it is a rough-hewn heroic tale about high-stakes underground street fights. ComingSoon visited the set a in New York City a few weeks back and grabbed a few first look photos of Channing Tatum in a fight - and damn are they impressive.
Fighting sounds a lot like Fight Club, but with a lot less imagination and Brad Pitt and a lot more realism. The cast includes Channing Tatum as the main character Sean Arthur as well as Terrence Howard, Brian J. White, and Luis Guzmán. Sean Arthur is a young man who scrapes up a living hustling counterfeit merchandise in NYC. With family tragedy in his past and his father keeping him at a distance, this outsider has little to motivate him. A chance encounter with veteran street-fighting coach Harvey Boarden (Howard) leads to a whole new career for Sean. The ensuing bouts get tough, especially with the criminal element horning in, so Sean gets tougher. He will fight to win, not only the prize money but also the unexpected new relationships that are strengthening him.
Since A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints wasn't a great first start for Dito Montiel, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect here. But these photos have changed my mind - now I'm looking forward to this. If he's got the right story and the right cast, which it certainly sounds like, this could be better than just an MTV movie's street fighting version of You Got Served.
Dito Montiel, left, coaches Channing Tatum, right, in preparation for a fight scene.
For more info on the film, check out ComingSoon's lengthy set visit report. Fighting is being distributed by Rogue Pictures and currently does not have a release date set, but is expected to arrive in theaters at some point in 2008.