As first reported by the Albuquerque Journal UFC women’s bantamweight fighters Holly Holm (8-0) and Miesha Tate (16-5) will be starring in a female driven action film that plans to start shooting soon. The film coming from filmmaker Rob Hawk is titled FIGHT VALLEY and is reminiscent of Edward Norton and Brad Pitt’s FIGHT CLUB without all the macabre intrigue. More of just your typical kick ass action film that Michael Jai White has been holding down for years. Filming will take place this August in New York and it is also rumored that Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino may be in the film as well. Holm’s promoter Lenny Fresquez emailed a youtube video to the ABJ that mentioned Holm’s involvement.
This justifies something we have been talking about since the inception of Horror Movies Uncut and why we created the Submissions & Slashers podcast. We knew way before MAD MAX FURY ROAD that soon the big screen would take a turn in how women are depicted in films. Women such as Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey who are as equally talented as they are beautiful opened the eyes of filmmakers especially ones involving genre or action themed films. There is no need to make an actress some kick ass fighter when all across the world there are beautiful and skillful athletes working on their craft and techniques everyday. Similar to Jean Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal if you place these ladies in a familiar element they could really flourish. Expect more of these types of announcements in the near future as we personally know tons of fighters are being approached about film projects. ABJ provides a description of FIGHT VALLEY as to by director of photography Michael Lucas…
Lucas described “Fight Valley” as sort of a female version of the 1999 Brad Pitt film “Fight Club” – but with twists and turns of its own.
“It’s unique,” he said. “… Every film kind of has similarities to something else, but this is not like anything I’ve ever seen.”
“Fight Valley” is basically about an underground fighting circuit where women go to settle their differences, he said. When a character in the film enters the fray and subsequently dies, her sister comes to investigate and winds up infiltrating the circuit.
According to the “Fight Valley” website, Tate plays the role of “Jabs,” a former underground champion who comes to the aid of the dead woman’s sister. Holm plays a character named Payton Walsh, a mainstream fighter who shows “Jabs” what it’s like to fight within the rules.
FIGHT VALLEY is directed by Rob Hawk and stars Miesha Tate. Kari J Kramer, Erin O’brien and Holly Holm.