Halle Berry is producing, starring in, and making her feature directorial debut on martial arts drama "Bruised," which is planned for a March start of production.
Riverstone is financing and Erica Lee is executive producing. The film is being developed with the EIS company. Other producers are Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Entertainment 360, and Linda Gottlieb.
Berry will direct from a script by Michelle Rosenfarb, portraying a disgraced MMA fighter who has to face one of the rising stars of the MMA world and deal with the return of her 6-year-old son to the mother he deserves. She will work with the team that executes fight choreography for the "John Wick" series.
Berry is represented by WME and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” />
Berry appeared in last year’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and the thriller “Kidnap.” She's starring in "John Wick 3" and is attached to play the key defense role in Sony’s remake of the 1985 thriller "Jagged Edge."
Berry first broke into show business in 1989 on the series "Living Dolls" and was cast in her first movie role in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever." She became the first black woman to win the best actress Oscar for her performance in 2001’s "Monster's Ball."

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. Leitch is repped by WME.
Leitch then directed the 2017 thriller "Atomic Blonde," starring Charlize Theron, before helming "Deadpool 2." He's attached to direct "Fast and Furious" spinoff "Hobbs and Shaw," starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Leitch broke into show business as a stunt double for Brad Pitt and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He made his directorial debut on 2014's "John Wick" with Chad Stahelski, though only Stahelski was credited.
The movie was selected in 2004 for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
"Deadpool 2" director David Leitch is in early talks with Warner Bros. to come on board a remake of Bruce Lee's 1973 classic martial arts actioner "Enter the Dragon."
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The original was directed by Robert Clouse, and starred Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly. The film was first released in Hong Kong six days after Lee's death at the age of 32.
He persuades Lee to attend a martial arts competition on the criminal's private island in order to gather evidence. Lee stars in the pic as a Shaolin martial artist from Hong Kong who is approached by a British intelligence agent investigating a crime lord.
The "Enter the Dragon" remake is in early development, without actors or writers attached.

“They want to punch back and they’re not above a little bit of roiding, so to speak,” Black said.
In a gory scene teased on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, Boyd Holbrook, playing a damaged military vet; Jacob Tremblay, as his young son; and Olivia Munn, portraying a shifty scientist, are able to escape their alien pursuer because an even more menacing predator steps in and swipes their attacker aside. “The Predator,” Shane Black’s upcoming entry in the series, finds the creatures locked in deadly battle with one another.
Revenge has motivated the creatures to get stronger. And they’re angry. This time, they’ve taken the extra step of genetically enhancing a new invader. Black said the predators keep sending warriors, he called them “champions,” to Earth, only to see them killed off.
They’re turning on each other now. The predators, those lithe, cunning, befanged extraterrestrials at the heart of the three-decade-old horror franchise, aren’t just content hunting humans.
One predator towers over the other — it’s bigger, badder, and far more deadly. But it’s not a battle of equals.
The on-screen joshing extended to the panel. Key said it needed to prove it could change before it was ready for a relationship, but noted, “it’s hard when you’re born and raised in a violent culture.” Much time was spent speculating about ways to tell the difference between male and female predators (the number of spikes on the head is the apparent giveaway), as well as imagining the creatures’ dating lives.
Black, the film’s writer and director, said the creatures in this film are different from the one featured in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger pic, “Predator,” and in the 1990 followup, “Predator 2.”
Ripley, Thanos, and John Wick fared well, but the Punisher, who Jane portrayed on screen, apparently would be pulverized. The cast and writer-director also debated who would win in hypothetical match-ups between the predator and other geek culture icons.
“Are they hunting each other now?” Munn’s character asks as the genetically enhanced predator rips the head off its brethren, leaving the other predator to bleed out.
Most of the cast members play soldiers who are battling PTSD from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Black was flanked on stage by Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Augusto Aguilera, Sterling K. They’re a jokey bunch, who do a lot of hazing, but they’re also struggling. Brown, Thomas Jane, and Jake Busey. Black said he wanted to make a sort of “Dirty Half Dozen,” and have the film be about “misfits who have to band together.”
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