If you think jiu-jitsu has gotten popular recently…
The Hollywood Reporter released an exclusive scoop on what super violent, super popular cartel series Narcos‘ acclaimed director, Jose Padilha, is up to next, and it’s going to bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu to a whole new audience. Padilha and collaborators Netflix are working on Dead or Alive, what sounds like a sprawling period feature piece on the BJJ origin story which will debut on the streaming service.
According to THR:
Padilho also helmed the 2014 remake of Robocop and the Elite Squad films. The film’s screenplay will be written by Peter Maguire and Padilha. No casting or release date for the project has been announced at this time.
The story of Maeda and Gracie is essential mythology for BJJ fans. A source of debate, lawsuits, and breathless retellings on multiple continents, it involves bit characters ranging from warrior philosophers like Miyamoto Musashi to adversaries like OG Rickson victim Funaki; dramatic details including polygamy, Amazonian superstition, and mysterious illness; and every damned member of the sizable Gracie family. Pretty good TV fodder.