Atrocious Official Trailer for Death Match Film 'Arena' with Kellan Lutz

August 1, 2011
Source: Movieline

Arena Trailer

Last year you may remember hearing about a project called Deathsport (not related to the David Carradine classic), set to star Kellan Lutz as some "modern gladiator" and Samuel L. Jackson as the evil overlord making sure the battles are broadcast "for the entertainment of the online masses." Well it's finally here, thanks to YouTube (via Movieline) we have the first trailer for Arena, the new title for a film that might as well already be called one of the worst of the year. Remember how much you laughed watching Sam Jackson in Frank Miller's The Spirit? This is even worse. I suggest staying away, but you might have fun watching it.

Watch the newest official trailer for Jonah Loop's Arena, embedded via YouTube:

"There's no greater battle than the fight for your life." David Lord (Kellan Lutz) is forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses.

Arena is directed by first-time director Jonah Loop, a former visual effects supervisor making his feature debut. The script was written by Tony Giglio, based on an original screenplay by Michael Hultquist & Robert Martinez. This was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America and shot down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last year. As of right now, we have no idea when this is going to be released, if at all, and I'm honestly not sure if we really care to hear about when it will hit theaters anyway. Looks fun, doesn't it?

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I guess when cookie-cutter, trashy action movies like Death Race or Gamer start to become the norm, you can set the bar even lower and still come out with a money-maker.  What was the budget on this, Samuel Jackson's paycheck plus $50,000? Haha I mean honestly, a million in $5 rack DVD sales worldwide over the next few years will put this movie in the black, so why should they try any harder? Unless we demand it of them...

Gerstein Musmanno on Aug 1, 2011


sooooooo bad.

NICK S. on Aug 1, 2011


Boy now that's what I call a Royale with EXTRA cheeese:P

Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011


OMG someone quick kill it with Fire.

NeoSlyfer on Aug 1, 2011


After The Spirit,its not surprise...Poor Samuel.

Eneias76 on Aug 1, 2011


"How is he still standing?!!"

Conrad Williams on Aug 1, 2011


I liked Arena when it was in space and against aliens...

DaftBot on Aug 1, 2011


I saw that movie again a while back on Netflix,it was still awesome lol

The Laughing Man :) on Aug 2, 2011


Sam Jackson should just stick with milking the Nick Fury cash cow for now.

DarkRaven18599 on Aug 1, 2011


It makes House Party look like House Party 2.

Tyler Bannock on Aug 1, 2011


Or House Party 3!

Adam Pickart on Aug 3, 2011


Shut the F**k up!

Rooneyman on Aug 3, 2011


Yes sir... And thank you for the best post chain ever!

Adam Pickart on Aug 5, 2011


Who's the girl?

Steven on Aug 1, 2011


I just bet this film will surprise you. The word on the street (from the people that have actually reviewed it) is that this film will be a big hit. So just be careful on your initial thoughts. You just may be eating crow...

Mike James on Aug 1, 2011


How can "Arena" be a big hit?  This film is already set to direct-to-DVD on 10/11/2011.

Lunca on Aug 2, 2011


How do you know it will be released directly to DVD on 10/11/11?

Lucy O on Aug 3, 2011


Talk about judging a book by it's cover! I personally think this film looks visually stunning, and the premise is very intriguing. I'll keep an open mind...

Shandin Fisher on Aug 1, 2011


Reminded me a bit of Running Man, cgi and effects wise. The action was better than Running man though.

Crapola on Aug 1, 2011


That looks like absolute crap. on Aug 1, 2011


Sam Jackson seems to be taking every role offered to him, no matter what it is.  JCVD's, "Assassination Games", looks more mainstream and theater friendly than this. The premise seems ok but the CGI looks amateurish, like a SyFy channel Saturday night premiere movie!

Blue Silver on Aug 1, 2011


'Mike James' and 'Shandin Fisher' were clearly sent here to put in a good word for the film

RhythmDave on Aug 2, 2011


Sammy Jackson is a money whore.

tommyturner on Aug 2, 2011


he's a bad ass (you know the rest is engraved on his wallet). wouldn't YOU be?

redguy on Aug 2, 2011


Yes.  You're damn right I would be.  Has Sammy ever been in a Uwe Bol film?

tommyturner on Aug 2, 2011


ha! not yet. actually, it's quite disturbing thinking about it. no please. nooo

redguy on Aug 2, 2011


as opposed to brad pitt or tom cruise..your douchery is epic

Infojdl2 on Oct 1, 2011


LMAO - Samuel L Jackson is in every movie. 

Dhiram on Aug 2, 2011


Its pretty clear that the only question big Sam asks before taking a project is..."How much are you gonna pay me!?" 

vegasdanny on Aug 2, 2011


anyone knows the audiobook/bedtime story by Sam Jackson? go the fuck to sleep? no really..look it up. He's in everything.

redguy on Aug 2, 2011


how can i be the only person who wants to watch this movie?! when this comes out! it'll be a drunken mystery science theater night!

Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011


fun popcorn flick. and 10 beers to forget i was there. oh...that would be nice, i'm so excited. going to see it.

redguy on Aug 2, 2011


"Death Games" was the best they could come up with for the broadcast?  Wow.  Not cliche at all.

Chazzy on Aug 3, 2011


So... exact same storyline as Death Race. Looks just as horrible too,

Andy Ortega on Aug 3, 2011


I'm guessing Jam Jackson has a friend who decided to make this movie and asked his friend Sam to be in it or something? That's the only explanation I can think of for his involvement. Either that or Sam Jackson owes a shitload of money to someone and had to pay it off like this.

Anonymous on Aug 3, 2011


Yuck.  Well, you DID warn us.  😉

whfastus on Aug 4, 2011


What's this, Gamer meets Death Race? 

Lauren Intong on Aug 6, 2011


This film looks amazing. I can't wait to check it out. 

Bullo Cosmo on Oct 9, 2011

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