Most films come to Sundance to find a distributor, but from day one the boxing documentary Knuckle was subject to a different kind of positive buzz — namely, “This would be great for a remake.” Deadline counts Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr., and Vin Diesel among the suitors, but the remake rights ultimately went to Rough House Pictures, who will team with HBO to turn Knuckle into a drama series. Eastbound and Down co-creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill and director David Gordon Green are attached through their partnership with Rough House, though it’s unclear if this extends beyond a producing role.
From the sound of it, there could certainly be a role in there for McBride. Directed by Ian Palmer, Knuckle depicts the longstanding feud between two Irish families that often resort to bareknuckle boxing. Hit the jump for the official synopsis.
Residing in Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom, the Travellers are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group with their own customs and a deep sense of clan pride, despite being interrelated by marriage within their small population. When conflicts arise, arguments are often settled through ritualized, bare-knuckle fighting. Director Ian Palmer followed members of the Traveller community for 12 years and became privy to a decades-long family feud of Hatfield-McCoy proportions. At the center of the conflict is James, the confident, yet reluctant, defender of the Quinn McDonaghs, who is frequently challenged to fight his cousins, the Joyces. An outsider in a secretive world, Palmer waited years before he began to learn the reasons for the animosity between the rival clans. Disturbingly raw, yet compulsively engaging, “KNUCKLE” offers candid access to a rarely seen, brutal world where a cycle of bloody violence seems destined to continue unabated.