“Fight Church” inks Lionsgate, Netflix, Warrior Poets deals

The controversial documentary about cage fighting priests (pictured) will premiere on iTunes on September 16, and is being developed into a reality TV series by Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets.
September 4, 2014

Fight Church (pictured), a documentary about MMA-style fighting pastors who reconcile their faith through violent sport, has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate and Netflix.

In a separate deal, Fight Church directors Daniel Junge (Academy Award-winner Saving Face) and Bryan Storkel will partner with Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets to develop a reality TV series based on the film.

Lionsgate has picked up the VOD rights and will premiere the film on iTunes and various VOD platforms on September 16. Netflix, which acquired SVOD rights for numerous territories, will show the film this fall at a date to be determined.

Negotiations are continuing with The Film Sales Company to make Fight Church, which is produced by Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer, available internationally on digital platforms.

Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominee Spurlock (Super Size Me) and his New York-based Warrior Poets prodco will develop a spin-off for TV.

“I’m always looking for docs that can crossover to the TV world. The controversial nature of this project and the buzz it is already getting around the country, make this particular one the perfect candidate,” said Spurlock in a statement.

The Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz and Jason Ishikawa brokered the Spurlock deal.

Fight Church, a Film Harvest/HēLō production in association with iMogul, won the Grand Jury Prize at Boston’s Independent Film Festival and has been screened at more than 20 film festivals.

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