Revolver wins ‘Knuckle’ rights fight

Docu to debut in Blighty this year

PARK CITY — Revolver Entertainment has snapped up U.K. rights for Ian Palmer’s Irish fistfight docu “Knuckle,” here in Sundance.

Docu, which chronicles the 12-year journey into the world of an Irish gypsy community and their bare-knuckle fighting rituals, is produced by Teddy Leifer through his shingle Rise Films.

Revolver is skedded to release the film in Blighty later this year.

Pic has been the talk of Park City, particularly with industryites vying for remake rights, since its preem on Friday in the fest’s world cinema docu.

On Monday, HBO neared a deal for remake rights for the docu, which will see the pic’s production house Rise Films pair with Rough House Pictures partners Jody Hill, David McBride and David Gordon Green attached.

Adaptation is set to be made into a TV drama series for the channel.

On Saturday, ContentFilm International came on board to handle international rights for the docu, excluding U.K.

Leifer’s Rise Films is also here in Park City with “The Interrupters,” the Steve James docu which is screening in the fest’s docu premieres section.

Leifer previously produced 2009 World Cinema docu Jury Prize winner “Rough Aunties.”

A domestic deal is currently in the works.