Kevin James doing an MMA comedy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had all better watch their muscled backs, because there’s a new mixed martial artists ready to step into the ring, and he’s a bigger star than all of them.

Sony has announced that “Grown Ups” star Kevin James will re-team with the studio for an untitled movie set in the world of mixed martial arts.

James will play a physics teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. In order to earn money to save his best friend’s job and the music program that his students hold dear, he moonlights as an MMA fighter, and ultimately winds up doing battle in the UFC.

Credit Sony for recognizing talent when the studio sees it, and doing what it takes to hold onto it. James is a relatable everyman who just may be the most likeable movie star working today. How else can one explain the surprising success of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop?”

Allan Loeb is in negotiations to write the MMA script, having recently worked with James on Ron Howard’s upcoming infidelity comedy “The Dilemma.”

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