José Padilha to Write and Direct Dead or Alive for Netflix

José Padilha to Write and Direct Dead or Alive for Netflix

José Padilha (Narcos, RoboCop, Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) will write and direct the feature film Dead or Alive for Netflix. The screenwriters are Padilha and Peter Maguire.

Dead or Alive is the untold saga of two mixed martial artists, Mitsuyo Maeda and Rickson Gracie, who helped pioneer Brazilian jiu-jitsu and how the ultimate martial arts traveled from Tokyo, Japan to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The deal comes on the heels of Padilha’s successful collaborations with Netflix, Narcos and the hit Brazilian series O Mecanismo, which is set to launch season two.

The producers of Dead or Alive include Padilha and Stampede’s Greg Silverman.

“This is a film with universal appeal with remarkable real-life characters,” said Silverman. “Rickson Gracie is one of the greatest fighters of all time and we are honored to share his story. I have been an admirer of José’s for years, and we are honored he has chosen Stampede to collaborate with on Dead or Alive, and to share it with Netflix’s global audience.”

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