THE IMMIGRANT: Argentina’s Juan Manuel Olmedo Boards New Martial Arts Drama, Art Camacho Attached To Direct [EXCLUSIVE]
Argentinian actor and martial artist Juan Manuel Olmedo is poised to team up with filmmaker Art Camacho for upcoming action drama, The Immigrant. Argentinian-born Esteban Carbajal is penning the script for this particular venture which has been brewing since around 2013.
The Immigrant tells of a kind-hearted transplant from a foreign country arriving to New York City in search of a better life. Things take a downturn when he’s conned out of his money and robbed of his belongings, leaving him with only a few bucks in his pocket. After a bit of wandering, he stumbles upon an MMA club where he soon discovers a money-making opportunity as a gifted fighter.
Carbajal has been a resident in North America since 1982. He met Olmedo through his casting agency in Mendoza, and it was through Olmedo that he eventually met Camacho.
The plan is to rework the script for a narrative retooling that suits the current political climate surrounding immigration. The team is also piecing together a proof of concept shortfilm to entice hopeful investors, as well as correspond with Latin media outlets to help generate talent and public interest.
Olmedo has journeyed quite a bit in the last six years while progressing at his own pace since. A sequel to his 2013 Argentinian action thriller, Justicia Propia, never came to pass, although he’s done a few shortfilms since then and even mingled with Michel Qissi, the Belgian-Morrocan actor best known for his iconic, punishing portrayal of Muay Thai killer, Tong Po, in the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme action classic, Kickboxer, and its Sasha Mitchell-led sequel.
Olmedo recently shot scenes for director Rene Perez’s Cabal, a feature action horror sequel currently in-production from Perez’s The Darkest Machines banner following last year’s The Dragon Unleashed.
Camacho has more than thirty years under his belt coming from a background in stunts, acting, martial arts and directing. He co-directed historic Russian sports drama, Wild League with Andrey Bogatyrev for ModernAge Productions, and completed stunt/fight coordinating for Ken Barbet’s Randy Couture-led Antidote, R. Ellis Frazier’s Paul Sidhu/Gary Daniels thriller, Repeater, and Isaac Florentine’s new Scott Adkins/Mario Van Peebles actioner, Seized.
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