Aaron Eckhart wearing a suit and tie

Aaron Eckhart has boarded the pugilist thriller Rumble Through the Dark based on the Michael Farris Smith novel The Fighter.

Smith adapted his own novel and Graham Phillips & Parker Phillips (The Bygone) will direct. Foresight Unlimited is introducing the movie for foreign buyers at the Virtual Cannes Market. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes is producing and will rep the pic for U.S. sale along with CAA Media Finance.

Rumble Through the Dark is set in the dark landscape of the Mississippi Delta, where a former bare-knuckle fighter (Eckhart) must win one last fight to pay off his debts to the local mob boss and save his childhood home—the stakes nothing less than life or death. Cameras roll at the end of July in Natchez, MS.

Elwes is producing alongside Cleta Ellington for the Crooked Letter Picture Company. Foresight’s Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe will serve as EPs alongside Tate Taylor and John Norris of Crooked Letter Picture Company, and Jere Hausfater.

The directors said: “We are thrilled to be making this film with Aaron and with the support of Cassian Elwes and Tate Taylor and his team. For us, this story is about the love between a mother and a son, and the lengths one will go to find redemption.

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