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HBO Wants To Turn Sundance's "Knuckle" Into A TV Series

Ian Palmer's "Knuckle."

HBO is closing a deal for remake rights to "Knuckle," an entry in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, with the intent of turning the project into a series.

Twelve years in the making, "Knuckle" is the story based in the traveler community, a clan that lives in Ireland and the U.K. and contains a decades-long feud of indeterminate origin. However, the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces are clear on one thing: They engage in periodic bare-knuckle brawls, supervised by fellow clansmen, to temporarily settle their disagreements. (Here's our profile about the film and its director, Ian Palmer.)

Rough House Pictures, the partnership of Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green, will produce the series along with Palmer.

"Knuckle" producer Teddy Leifer will serve as co-executive producer. Leifer's Rise Films also produced Steve James' "The Inerrupters," which is screening in the festival as a Documentary Premiere.

Last week, ContentFilm bought the film's international rights" outside the U.K. CAA repped the film's producers in the negotiations.

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