Deadline reports that filmmaker Lexi Alexander is currently in production on a new martial arts feature set in a post-apocalyptic future. Alexander directs from a screenplay she wrote, which depicts the world in turmoil following a religious war. Details are currently clear on the action drama: “Desperate to save humanity, global government forces are holding a gripping, unrestricted martial arts tournament. Last fighter standing wins Absolute Dominion for once.
Cast members include Andy Allo (“Chicago Fire”), Jennifer Jajeh (“Transparent”), Juliana Joel (“American Gigolo”), Julie Ann Emery (“Better Call Saul”), June Carryl (“Y: The Last Man ”), Nora Armani (“The Blacklist: Redemption”), Reagan Gomez (“Queen Sugar”) and Olunike Adeliyi (“The Expanse”).
Alexander also takes on production duties, alongside Jason Blum, John McKeown and Scott Putman. Blumhouse Television’s Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold are on board to executive produce.
A former world champion kickboxer turned stunt performer, then director of the 2002 Oscar-nominated short “Johnny Flynton,” Alexander quickly made a name for herself as an accomplished director. She was hired to direct feature films ‘Green Street Hooligans’ – which won SXSW Jury and Audience Awards – and ‘Punisher: War Zone’ in 2008, marking her as the first woman to direct a feature film strip. comic Marvel, before the reformation of Marvel Studios. and the introduction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Palestinian-German filmmaker has also long been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and Islamophobia endemic to the film industry – on and off screen – and, as her Twitter followers know, hasn’t not shy away from work and opportunities. what it has cost him over the years. When she was hired to direct an episode of The CW’s “Arrow” in 2015, she described in an interview with Indiewire the struggle to find a balance between sticking to her principles and “not having [execs] fear you are a walking trial. That’s a problem, because a lot of times…there’s this thing where I accomplish something by hiring women. But if they need to hire women, they definitely don’t come to me because I’m a big mouth.
Alexander’s other credits include the feature ‘Lifted’, and she also directed episodes of ‘Supergirl’, ‘Limitless’, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘LA’s Finest’.