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Exclusive: Scott Epstein, Eddie Bravo, Todd Duffee and Michael Jai White Tapped for Never Back Down II

(Shit just got real…at least more real than the first movie.)

I know what you’re thinking, "They’re making another Never Back Down movie?"

The answer is "yes," only this time around the studio is gearing the film towards MMA fans and not the popped collar American Eagle pink polo shirt sporting crowd of its predecessor, which earned $41-million at the box office.

They’ve made some steps in the right direction by hiring longtime martial arts practitioner Michael Jai White to direct this darker installment and to give it what he calls "more of a ‘The Dark Knight’ feel" and less of a "Melrose Place vibe." White knows first hand what that entails, considering he starred as mob boss Gambol in the acclaimed second film of the Chris Nolan helmed Batman franchise.

Also adding some credibility and substance to the film will be 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo, who will write part of the score for, star in and help choreograph fight scenes for the movie, UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee, who will play one of the fighters in the film and 10th Planet black belt instructor Scott Epstein, who will do double-duty as the movie’s lead as well as a fight coordinator. 

White, who played the lead roles in 1995′s Tyson, 1997′s Spawn and 2009′s Black Dynamite, will also be in the movie, playing the role of the main MMA instructor.

Principle shooting begins next month in New Orleans and could wrap up as early as November.

No release date has been set yet for the film.

Later this week, we’ll have an exclusive interview with the movie’s lead, Scott Epstein.

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Robocop Didnt Tap- August 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Needs moar Amber Heard
Needs less Cheick Kongo look-alike.

and when MJW said "more of a Dark Knight feel", does this mean Eddie Bravo will be screaming in a raspy voice during all the fight scenes?
radiobaby- August 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Yes I have seen it and its awesome.

MJW did not direct it.

Literally everything else he's been in has been a steaming pile.
SnallTrippin- August 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm
@Viva's 1st post: Lol.

Also, fingers crossed on this, never enough ( good fighting movies....and someone make another good Braveheart-esque film while they're at it...
Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm
@ Clyde Frog

(insert auto-tuner)

FffFFfffffuuuUUUUccCckKK UUuuuuuUUUuu HhhhoooLLLLeEEEIIIIiiAaAAYYYYwwwwOoOoOoDDddddd

That is some top 40 shit, my man.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm
@ Mic Wrestle

Thanks for that film trailer. I don't know if that was supposed to be a comedy, but that shit had me laughing my ass off.
Mike Russell- August 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm
 ^^^Ladies and gentlemen, Royler Gracie in the house ^^^...
Lopes- August 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Einstein as the lead? He's not even convincing as himself.

And Eddie Bravo is doing the score? It's a good thing that no one will ever see this movie except at 4:00 am on HBO-5. I actually had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st.
Fried Taco- August 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm
With a little bit of weed, anyone can be an actor! And do jiu-jitsu! I'm hoping Rogen will be providing commentary during the fight scenes, so we can understand all this really difficult stuff like rubber guard, mission control, dinkie dow...
Mike Russell- August 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Epstein is an actor. He's appeared on a bunch of TV shows like The Sopranos, NYPD Blue, CSI, Guiding Light and in a few movies, including this one:hxxp://
Shaky- August 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm
We seem to clearly know who Scott Epstein is, which is great, but I think that even most hardcore fans don't. Seems like really weird casting since he is not an actor (or is he? no surely not) and not a famous fighter, hell, he's not even an Abu Dhabi champ or anything like that. No disrespect to Epstein, but it's just so strange.
Clyde- August 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm
This is the best news I've heard since I found out the plane carrying my entire family, piloted by my fiance crashed into my uninsured home. And I have cancer.

In all fairness, Never back down is probably the best MMA film I've see so far, which in the grand scheme movies that I have subjected myself to in some bizzare MST3K style experriment, ranks it slightly abover Leprechaun in da hood.

*Spoiler alert* The plucky underdog will use MMA to win some underground fights, get a girlfriend, avenge the loss of something and the whole thing will suck balls. Cue shitty crunk music complete with autotuned vocals and roll the credits.

Fuck you hollywood.
Mike Russell- August 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Not sure what Ben told you guys, but I'm thinking the story might be a bit out of control...I will say it involved a crazy bar fight, some charges that were eventually dropped, a bouncer who eerily resembled Jeff Monson who patiently waited for 11 years to exact his revenge during jiu-jitsu class and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) handing over every court record of any nature to the U.S. as a result of 9/11.Basically, when you're stopped at the border you get a red flag if you've ever been to court, regardless of the reason. I had forgotten about the charge as it was bogus and dropped and when I answered "no" when I was asked if I'd ever been charged. Let's just say it took some explaining to get to my U.S. destination. The bizarre part is I had to give customs details of the charges because they don't have access to them. They actually build them from a record that you've been to court and your description. I may have told them to register my hands and feet as deadly weapons....It's all a little fuzzy.In a nutshell,  I didn't want to risk getting caught up at customs, so I didn't go to Boston.Apparently I can pay like $1,000 to have my criminal record searched and verified by U.S. customs that it's clean, but I haven't bothered because I haven't traveled to the U.S. since the time mentioned above.If Canada had the balls to tell the U.S. "no" when they asked for the court records after 9/11, there wouldn't be an issue...*sigh*..
Almost North- August 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Are they bringing back Rent-A-Center Anderson Silva for this one?
Merlin- August 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm
I heard that towards the end there is a really good like 3 minute fight scene.
Yeah in it there's this washed up, punch drunk, over weight boxer called Mumbles, who is a product of interspecies breeding, challenges an MMA fighter ...
Viva Hate- August 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm
@Mike Russell,
I have to second what Rex said, shit sounds funny and we need to hear it straight from the source.
CreamyTitties- August 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm
They better cast Jonathan Avildsen in this one!!!
ReX13- August 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Oh, and Mike >>

Write the damn story about your visa difficulties. Shits funny, yo.

Also, uh, happy anniversary, apparently.
ReX13- August 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Suits probably thought that by making this a sequel, they can cash in on return business from the first movie. That turns off fight fans, who they are obviously going to great lengths to court. I guess we'll just have to wait and hear the early reviews, huh? Of course, then we have to worry about the opinion of some asshole movie critic who doesn't know a rubber guard from a rash guard...

RwilsonR- August 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm
I just hope Eddie Bravo isn't the script's technical consultant. Otherwise, every high school idiot will be using Bravo's stupid positional names.

Example: "So I was at this party, and this dude starts talking shit. So I took his bitch ass down and got him into Chill Dawg, and then he was screaming like a pussy when I slapped on The Sorcerer."
Shaky- August 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Spoiler Alert!
Einstein wins after transitioning from the rubber guard to Jiu Claw before setting up the Twister, effectively advertising the 10th Planet Style. You know that shit is true. Could be good if there is a cameo from a stoner Joe Rogan
Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Shit just got real... real gay. I wouldn't pollute my eyeholes with that crap if I was paid. OK, maybe if I was paid to hack on it. But I sure as fuck will never see the steaming pile of shit that it's a sequel of, so what's the point? Hollywood churns out a steady stream of putrid vomit these days.
Mike Russell- August 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm
MJW has directed. You mean to tell me you've never seen Black Dynamite?hxxp://
radiobaby- August 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Its baffling that you think steps in the right direction are having MJW direct, who has been in endless shitty movies and has never directed a movie- and having Bravo do the score, whos music is about as enjoyable as the sound of babies crying on an airplane.

That said, I can't imagine how it could be worse than the first.
ReX13- August 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm
I imagine that fight choreography is not easy, but here's hoping that they can make some cool fight scenes that don't look obviously fake.

Prediction: Keep an eye out for Epstein to learn some obscure submission (The Sorceror?) in the first forty five minutes, and then use it to pull off a victory and/or dispatch a rival in the climax.

Boo- August 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm