Deadline is exclusively reporting that Netflix is in discussions to acquire the worldwide rights for the mixed martial arts drama Bruised, Halle Berry‘s directorial debut, with the streamer allegedly firming an eight-figure sum.
Bruised focuses on Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at – fighting. When six-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons, face one of the fiercest rising stars of the MMA world, and ultimately fight to become the mother the boy deserves.
Deadline’s sources told them that Netflix got a preemptive look at the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which is premiering as a work in progress, and took it off the table before its virtual premiere tomorrow. When all is said and done, the deal could potentially be near the sum of $20m as discussions between Netflix and Endeavor Content goes on.
The script was written by Michelle Rosenfarb and the fight choreography is being done by the team behind the John Wick franchise, with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk attached to produce under the Thunder Road Pictures banner, alongside Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb.
Bruised stars Halle Berry, Shamier Anderson, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Valentina Shevchenko.