Kevin James Takes On Mixed Martial Arts

Posted September 15th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Deadline is reporting that Sony will be releasing a new movie starring Kevin James. The film will center around James becoming an MMA fighter and eventually trying to fight in the UFC. Sounds exciting doesn’t it?

James is attached to play a physics teacher whose school faces drastic cutbacks. In an attempt to save his best friend’s job and the music program his students love, he moonlights in the octagon as a mixed martial arts fighter, ultimately leading to brawling in the UFC. The film is on a fast track, and production presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad hope to get it into production next year. Jeff Sussman will be exec producer. James has really proven himself after moving into features following his King of Queens TV sitcoms run. His Hitch and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry were all co-starring hits until he could fly solo.¬†Garner and James produced the Sony/MGM co-production The Zookeeper with Happy Madison’s Sandler and Jack Giarraputo.

Sounds like another stupid movie if you ask me. I really didn’t care for Paul Blart: Mall Cop at all. I see this being something similar. Didn’t we already see a hefty actor taking on the martial arts when Chris Farley released Beverly Hills Ninja? I’ll be passing on this and The Zookeeper. It’s a shame, because I did enjoy James in Hitch and The King of Queens.