Another First Look: Dito Montiel's Fighting with Channing Tatum
by Alex Billington
January 7, 2009
Those of you that recognize Dito Montiel's name should be proud of themselves. Who is he? Dito Montiel is the New York-born filmmaker who made his directorial debut with the autobiographical A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints in 2006. That film went so well that Montiel decided to continue directing and set off to make Fighting, a rough-hewn heroic tale about high-stakes underground street fights starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard. We actually ran a first look for this in December of 2007, but Rogue Pictures has sent over two more new photos. This may not be Fight Club, but it might come close.
Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.
As Shawn's manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he's found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.
Fighting is both written and directed by Dito Montiel, of only A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints previously. The script was co-written by Montiel and newcomer Robert Munic, of a few episodes of "The Cleaner" to his name. Rogue Pictures will debut Fighting in theaters on April 24th this year.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Sounds a lot like Gladiator from the early 90's, starring James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Brian Dennehy. I like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,even though it was a pretty "artsy" movie. I don't know much about Tatum, but I guess this would be a good chance to check him out, before the G.I. Joe movie comes out.
TCox on Jan 7, 2009
That actually sounds pretty interesting
Scott McHenry on Jan 7, 2009
I liked it better when it was called Lionheart:)
Chev Chellios on Jan 7, 2009
could be good. If the fights are more Undisputed & Undisputed 2 (featuring Scott Adkins, star of UK tv's Holby City, Eastenders, and well,a kick arse martial arts movie bad guy!)
chris on Jan 7, 2009
OK I like movies with martial arts because it just looks so great, but I hate these movies that are trying to be stories that use the popularity of UFC. Once you watch UFC all these fake fighting movies just look stupid. Maybe its just me.
Richard on Jan 7, 2009
wow never back down gone gay
Eric on Jan 7, 2009
and is that the kid from step up
Eric on Jan 7, 2009
Looks interesting. Is there a trailer out for it?
Mirth Nadir on Jan 7, 2009
#6: Never Back Down wasn't gay?
chickachickaboomboom on Jan 7, 2009
In that top photo it looks like he's wanting his man boobs felt. Could have been a Van Dammage film in the 90's
Crapola on Jan 7, 2009
Can you say Lionheart remake!!!!!!
Beast on Jan 8, 2009
Fisherr on Jan 8, 2009
Yeah, I agree. It is the same exact plot as Lionheart
Gene on Jan 8, 2009
ommmgggggggggggggg!!!! channing tatum isss soooo fucking hott! id seriouslly et him bone me sooooo hard!! uahhhh i cant wait to see this movie! i already know its going to be amazing because HE is going to be in it! uahhh hes just sooo orgasmic!! im gonna bust a mission to meet his fine piece of ass! <33
Brooke on Jan 10, 2009
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