Twelve years since Jeff Wadlow left his footprint in the MMA subgenre of action films with Never Back Down, the film that spawned a raft of direct-to-DVD films shepherded by Michael Jai White is now in the hands of Kellie Madison for her contribution, Never Back Down: Revolt, according to a Deadline exclusive on Tuesday.
Johnston plays Cassie Weston, an MMA champion whose celestial supernatural abilities and acts of vigilantism make her the target of a deadly Indonesian crime syndicate. Joining in the action are the EMC Monkeys and The Raid 2 co-star Cecep Arif Rahman, with fellow Indonesian martial arts stalwart, Yayan Ruhian joining in on the series to come.
Surf the internet long enough with a craving for quality martial arts action and you’re bound to come across some of the best and brightest ever to hit the business end of a camera, and most of the content you see is free and viral for all netizens to enjoy. Take this in comparison to the multitude of action shows on television which normally cast actors who are trained long enough to look convincing on screen, and while the formula often proves viabale for the networks, it still leaves a lot wondering for those minding how genuine screen-friendly athletes could achieve the same successes they continue to exemplify through online independent mediums.