Sunance 2011: KNUCKLE Going From Documentary To Feature From HBO
Knuckle which premiered at Sundance this year may already be getting a feature film version from HBO!
HBO is currently in negotiations to remake the documentary Knuckle directed by Ian Palmer which is at Sundance this year. The doc is about two Irish families that settle a longstanding dispute by periodically engaging in bare knuckle bouts. Content International bought international rights at the start of the festival so that leaves domestic rights up for grabs.
The film debuted at Sundance last Friday and since then there has been plenty of interest. Knuckle was produced by Rise Films’ Teddy Leifer. The film was filmed over the course of 12 years and focuses on two brothers, James Quinn and Michael McDonagh. The fighters beat the crap out of each other for pride and bragging rights. The fights are rumored to have spawned from a dispute over a woman, but it’s not fully clear why the families hate each other. In a move reminiscent of a WWE bout, fights are preceded by taunt-filled videos sent by one family to the other.