Singapore-based Golden Ratio Films will be co-producing a sports biopic-film on the life of American professional boxer Willie Pep along with US-based film and TV production company Appian Way Productions.
The ties with Appian Way, founded by actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio, marks the company’s third major foray into Hollywood film production.
“We are pleased to partner with Appian Way to tell the story of the late Willie Pep – an iconic fighter who has inspired many with his emotional comeback to the ring,” said Abhayanand Singh, Group CEO and Co-Founder of Vistas Media Capital. “We are committed to expanding our content production and distribution capabilities across regions, and are always on the lookout for thought-provoking stories that capture the resilience of the human spirit.”
Golden Ratio Films, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vistas Media Capital VMC that specialises in content production and distribution, currently has a portfolio of over 25+ Indian, Hollywood and Bollywood films and web series at different stages of production.
The film will chronicle the life of Pep, a renowned American boxer who is often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. With an impressive 26-year fighting career helming a record of 229 wins and 65 knockouts, he was inducted in the 1990 International Hall of Fame for his professional sporting achievements.
The film begins with Pep in his early forties, set in 1965 after the decline of his boxing career. Finding himself riddled in debt while supporting a wife half his age and a drug addict son in a single-family home in Hartford, the boxer plans his return to the spotlight to prove that he is not a has-been.
Emmy-award winning director and cinematographer Robert Kolodny will be directing the motion-picture with Steve Loff in charge of the script. The drama will also feature actor James Madio, most recognised for his role in 2001’s ‘Band of Brothers’, as the former world featherweight champion. Other confirmed cast members include Keir Gilchrist (Atypical) who will play the role of Pep’s son, Billy Jr, and Ron Livingston (Office Space) as Pep’s business manager, Bob Kaplan. No female leads have been confirmed for the remaining roles yet.
Golden Ratio Films is producing with Appian Way, founded as a motion-picture production and entertainment company in 2004 by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Loff, Asger Hussain, Bennett Elliott and Robert Greene, who will also serve as the film’s editor.
The production house has produced multiple profitable international films and television shows including Live by Night (2016), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Revenant (2015).
Blisspoint Entertainment Inc. is film and content creation company founded in September 2019 by Actor/Producer Abhay Deol and producer Ratan Ginwalla. The company was created to promote and produce stories of independant and commercial nature which cater to a world audience. In partnership with Golden Ratio Films they have produced the horror film The Son and now embark on the journey of Pep.