“The Comeback of Buck Rydell: MMA Legend!” is a slapstick satire that takes place in the brutal world of Mixed Martial Arts. “The Comeback"” is an artistic endeavor of shameless silliness. To fans of the sport, you’ll know who I’m spoofing right away. “Buck” is a demented love letter to the world of MMA and I’m excited to see this vision become a reality.
For those of you less familiar with the sport, I introduce a character that provides a point of view for the outsider unfamiliar with this hyper macho world. This fish out of water scenario is what takes “Buck” from being funny, to potentially classic. “Buck” seeks to combine elements of “Eastbound and Down” with mockumentaries such as “This is Spinal Tap” to create a comedy masterpiece.
First Episode Synopsis:
Once the most dominant champion to ever compete in the cage, “The American Barbarian” Buck Rydell is now a washed up shell of his former self, coming off his 5th consecutive knockout loss. As he’s revived in the locker room by longtime trainer Don Dinkleman, Buck watches in disbelief as FUK president and close friend Jody Black announces Buck’s retirement, effective immediately. An enraged Buck confronts Jody and a locker room melee ensues, finally resulting in Buck getting maced and tasered.
Encouraged by Don to take time to ponder his future, Buck drinks a few dozen beers before deciding that he has unfinished business in the cage. When Don contacts Jody to communicate Buck’s intentions to fight again, Jody immediately dismisses the idea as a joke. However, fortunes change quickly in the world of Mixed Martial Arts and Buck gets an unlikely opportunity to turn back the clock and reclaim the title.
To promote the FUK's biggest event to date, Jody decides an epic and compelling promotional documentary is needed. Oscar winning filmmaker Wilhelm Buttzkreiger is hired to create a groundbreaking promotional documentary about Buck. A fiercely independent man with a keen interest in the human spirit, Wilhelm agrees to take on the project. However, when European intellectualism meets American testosterone, worlds collide and sparks fly. Wilhelm watches on in outraged bewilderment as Buck battles age, dementia, and declining skills in a desperate attempt to prolong the glory days. Moved by Buck’s plight, Wilhelm steps in to help “The American Barbarian” follow his destiny.
Team Buck will use any means availalbe fair or foul in their quest to prepare Buck for his date in the cage.....
So, what does the money go towards? Renting cameras, lights, and equipment, paying actors, makeup artists, fight choreographers, insurance, feeding the cast and crew, sound, graphic effects, and music. Each of these particulars cost money and it all adds up. We’ll be shooting all of our gym scenes at Emerald Smoke, an amazing MMA gym in Chicago run by Colin Williams and Mike Bodziach. This is where the part of the pilot was shot and we would be returning here when shooting resumes. The metal infused soundtrack was provided by Faith In The Fallen. Their contribution was immense and really cemented the mood we wanted for "Buck". We’ve set the bar high with our expectations for the look and sound of “Buck”. We didn’t cut corners and we’re proud of how the pilot episode turned out. It’s our objective to maintain this same level of production quality for the entire series.
Why Donate to Our Project?
If you love MMA, if you love irreverent comedy, then “Buck was made for you. The pilot episode cost $9,000.00 to complete and everything was done at the lowest cost possible. That money came directly out of my pocket because I firmly believed in the idea. That confidence was rewarded with our final product. But, I’ve taken “Buck” as far as I can on my own dime. We need your help. If you want to be a part of TEAM BUCK, then show “Buck” some love by contributing towards our goal. We have a great rewards program that makes becoming a part of TEAM BUCK a pretty cool. We realize that $60,000.00 is a lot of money. It’s an audacious amount. “Buck” is an audacious endeavor. What I can guarantee is that we’ll use every penny to create an amazing, kick-ass product. We have a team in place that has done this before and we’re confident that we can make “Buck” even better going forward.
Who we are:
Jack C. Newell (director/co-producer) is the director/writer/producer of award winning films that have screened across the United States and abroad, including the 64th Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, Chicago International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and The Boston Film Festival. His most recent feature, Close Quarters, is currently on the festival circuit.
James Cook (writer/creator/lead actor/co-producer) has worked in local Chicago theater and independent film projects since 2000. "Buck" represents his 1st serious venture in bringing to life one of the many ridiculous ideas that floats around in his head.
Donald Victorine (co-producer) Don is an independent producer based in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Colombia College Chicago, the University of Illinois and the Second City training center. He's also been told he looks like Tom Cruise. A hairy, doughy, blonde Tom Cruise.