David Mamet Earns A Redbelt

David Mamet will direct his original screenplay “Redbelt,” set in the Jiu-Jitsu fight world of West Los Angeles, for Sony Pictures Classics says Variety.

Set to start production in May in L.A., “Redbelt” is an American samurai film set in an underworld inhabited by bouncers, cage-fighters, cops and special forces operatives.

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a Jiu-Jitsu master who has eschewed prizefighting tooperate a self-defense studio. When he is conned by a cabal of movie stars and fight promoters, he must enter the ring to fightin order to regain his honor.

The $10 million actioner marks a return to the indie film world for Mamet, who has lately been shepherding his CBS series “The Unit.” A Summer 2008 release is planned.