Rich Franklin To Get Biopic Documenting His MMA Rise

Wednesday, July 27 by

Remember that Dennis Quaid family film The Rookie? Well, this story is just like that, only it has a lot more people getting punched in the face. American Fighter, which sounds like a cross between American Pie and The Fighter (wouldn’t that be awesome?), chronicles the true story of the rise of Rich Franklin from lowly math teacher to MMA champion.

David Hollander, who penned The Cleaner and The Guardian, will take on writing duty for this one. Lest you think it will focus on just one man, may you get kneed in the face repeatedly until you tap out or are rendered unconscious. It will also document the rise of MMA from PPV niche entertainment to the multimedia juggernaut that it is today.  Just check out some mma news to see how popular it has really gotten.

While distribution and logistics are still a long way off, this could be the inaugural serious MMA film. I’m not going to count the Kevin James one as “serious.” Or even as a “film,” for that matter. (THR)

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  1. July 27, 2011 3:15 pm


    The upcoming Warrior film has the honor of being Hollywoods first serious(ly cheesie) take on MMA. It also kind of swiped Franklin’s teacher to cage fighter storyline.
    I’m guessing if they’re using Franklin as a springboard, then they’re gonna focus on Pat Miletich and his stable of mid-west fighters that rose to prominence. Paints a nice picture of Americana. That brief period in the sport when all the champions were handsome, white, middle-class, and wholesome boys with no charisma to speak of.¬†

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