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Chris Pratt is becoming an indie sensei.
The star of mega studio movies Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World has signed on to star in and produce The Black Belt, an indie comedy from Monarch Media.
Pratt will produce the film through his banner, Indivisible Productions, with producing partner Jon Schumacher. Monarch Media and its principals Steve Barnett and Alan Powell are also producing, with the company’s Vicky Patel exec producing.
Written as a spec by Randall Green, Black Belt is described as a comedic coming-of-age story about a shy, unassuming teen boy on a quest for expertise in karate, and the unorthodox uncle who guides him along the way. Pratt will play the uncle.
UTA Independent Film Group will oversee film sales and distribution.
Founded by Pratt in 2019, Indivisible has a first-look deal with Universal and is developing action movie Saigon Bodyguards. The project reunites Pratt with his Avengers collaborators, the Russo brothers, and Chinese movie star Wu Jing. On the television side, the shingle is also adapting The Terminal List, based on the best-selling novel by Jack Carr, with Pratt starring and serve as executive producer, and Antoine Fuqua directing as well as executive producing.
Green, who worked on Warners’ Space Jam: A New Legacy and was a writer on Showtimes’ Billions, penned the hit Netflix movie The Perfect Date, which starred Noah Centineo and Laura Marano.
Pratt is repped by UTA, Rise Management and Sloane, Offer. Green is repped by by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson.
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