Jose Padilha to Direct Netflix Film on the Life of Rickson Gracie

By Marcelo Alonso May 8, 2020

Rickson Gracie will be armbarring his way to the silver screen in 2021.

On Thursday, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Jean Jacques Machado revealed to Sherdog.com that Netflix is creating a film based on the life of Gracie. Directing the film will be Brazil’s Jose Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad and Robocop), and the budget will be approximately $100 million. It will be released in English, Portuguese and Japanese, and its release date is targeted for the second half of 2021. For a time it will see a theatrical release, and then it will move fully to Netflix.

Machado, the master of many including Joe Rogan, Eddie Bravo and Keanu Reeves, explained that Padilha is training with him daily to better understand better the art of BJJ. Padilha plans to show the origins of Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie family as well. Long considered to be one of the best fighters in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, Gracie appeared at Pride FC 1 and 4, twice submitting Nobuhiko Takada with armbars.

“Padilha is studying hard the whole history and, besides Rickson, he will bring a lot of Maeda Koma,” said Machado. “He found out many similar points between Koma and Rickson. I´m really glad to see the history of the biggest hero of my generation being told to the world. I can’t wait to see this movie ready.”

Cast as the legendary Gracie is Caua Reymond, who has admitted in many interviews over the years that Gracie has always been his idol. The 39-year-old star from Brazil has appeared in numerous popular films and soap operas in his home country. Reymond was awarded his BJJ black belt from Alexandre Paiva.
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