It’s becoming an electrifying weekend of news for movie deals coming out of France, and fans within the martial arts action niche aren’t being ignored at all. Several deals have been made so far, including one regarding the latest directorial debut success of Alex Padrutt’s martial arts drama, One Million K(l)icks, the story of a fighter’s ultimate battle for survival in an underground online betting tournament with German action sensation Mike Moeller starring.
The film is already set for distribution in the U.K. through international sales agent, distribution company Evolutionary Films who, as of this week, will officially co-produce the English-language sequel, Two Million K(l)icks: Hong Kong Death Match with Moeller returning to star. Mike Leeder and Rudiger W. Kuemmerle, who produced the first film, are back to produce for Ross Boyask, helmer of such actioners as Left For Dead, Ten Dead Men, and actress Cecily Fay’s fantasy adventure, Warrioress, to direct as well as write with co-scribe Marco Theiss.
Production is expected to start early next year with locations in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Henry Luk’s ACE Studios in Nanhai, China where Luk will serve as consulting producer.
The film is reportedly part of a production raft of titles, so I’m looking forward to all or most of these being martial arts movies in some capacity considering the the people involved. On another note, Leeder himself is expected to appear alongside Moeller as well as a handful of action stars led by Mark Dacascos in the upcoming movie, Ultimate Justice.
Stay tuned for more info.