CATEGORIES Drama, Sports, New Releases, Sony Classics, Scripts, Movie Marketing, Images, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalOK, so these are three things I bet you never thought you would see in the same sentence; Tim Allen, David Mamet, and Jiu-jitsu. ComingSoon.net has the exclusive first image from Mamet's Redbelt, and it might not tell you much about the movie, but despite the lack of information, its still a pretty dynamic-looking photo. It was back in May when Patrick had first reported that "family-man" Tim Allen had joined the cast of Mamet's "martial arts drama." Unlikely casting aside, the thought of a Mamet film set in the world of ultimate fighting is a little strange to begin with. I mean, this is the man responsible for Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Verdict. But it still makes way more sense than his upcoming family film, Joan of Bark: The Dog that Saved France -- I'm still holding out for the remote possibility that that whole thing is just a bizarre rumor.
Redbelt stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster) as "Mike Terry, the chief instructor at the Southside Jiu-jitsu Academy." ComingSoon's description of the plot: "Although a talented fighter, he refuses to compete in professional bouts: 'Competition weakens the fighter.' Instead he trains dedicated students in the art of self-defense: bodyguards, cops. soldiers. At his brother-in-law's club one evening, Mike saves a famous action star (Allen) from a severe beating. His defense of Frank leads to a job in the film industry, but other events conspire to force Mike to participate in a prize fight." The cast includes martial arts master Randy Couture alongside Joe Mantegna, Rodrigo Santoro, and Emily Mortimer. There has yet to be any word of a release date -- all we do know is that Redbelt is expected to arrive sometime in '08.