Common is partnering with Argent Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film production and financing outfit, to produce boxing documentary They Fight.
ContagiousLA’s Andrew Renzi, who helmed the Dakota Fanning-Theo James drama ‘The Benefactor,’ is directing the feature. Argent, run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, and Common will now help finance and produce as it begins post-production.
Also coming on board are Common’s partners at his Freedom Road productions banner: Derek Dudley, Shelby Stone and Melisa Resch.
The documentary follows a group of adolescent boxers and their formerly incarcerated coach in southeast Washington, D.C., on the road to defend their national titles. Inspired by Michael Minahan’s article in The Washington Post, Fight chronicles the story of boxing coach Walt Manigan and his Lyfe Style Boxing after-school boxing program in D.C.’s Ward 8, a community that is considered one of the most dangerous and economically challenged neighborhoods in America.
To read more, check out the exclusive report on The Hollywood Reporter.
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