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Ken Shamrock Film

I was in the middle of putting together Furious Love, locked away in my studio, experiencing some of the most intense, emotional 3 months of my life on a daily basis, when I received a phone call out of the blue from someone saying he represented Ken Shamrock, and they were curious as to whether or not I was interested in filming his story. The way he said “Ken Shamrock”, I got the feeling this was someone I was supposed to have heard of, but in all honesty, I didn’t have a clue who this was. So I did what everyone who needs information does: I googled him.

That was my first tip that this guy was kind of a big deal.

But it most certainly was NOT a movie I wanted to make. For one, I was in the middle of Furious Love fever, and making a movie about a UFC fighter was the last thing on my list to do–especially since I don’t watch UFC fighting at all. But, I figured I should at least talk to the guy, so I told him to call me back in a few days when I had some time to talk.

Before our conversation, I did what I always do now when it’s time to make decisions: I prayed. Also as usual, I was blatantly honest with the Lord, this was not the time for pretense or posturing that I’m more spiritual than I really am. I told Him, quite frankly, that I had no interest in doing this movie, and I don’t even really like fighting, so if this actually IS something you want me to do, well, you better make it crystal clear. He was going to have to change my heart in a big way, because I was fully prepared to say no.

The phone rang, I answered, and we talked for about 20 minutes. When I hung up the phone, I prayed again. This time, it was a little different.

“Okay, you’ve got me. I have to make this movie. I’ll do it.”

I can’t really explain what happened during that phone call, but something in my spirit shifted, and I just knew that this was a film I had to make. After having spent the last year filming with Ken, hearing his story, hearing his heart, I think I’m beginning to see why the Lord wanted me to make this movie. For starters, it’s going to be nothing like my first two films, Finger of God and Furious Love. This is not a movie for the church or Christians. This is a movie for aggressive, violent youth, fans of the fight game, fans of Ken, and in general, for a mass of people who wouldn’t be caught dead stepping foot in a church. That in itself might be the most exciting aspect of all of this to me and my crew.

Ken has been approached by many different production companies to tell his story, but he’s turned them all down because he knew they would take the “God stuff” out. But Ken is a believer, through and through–he’s just taken a very long, very rough road to get there. He watched Finger of God and was blown away by it, and figured well, here’s a guy who obviously isn’t afraid of a little controversy, so I was the first person he reached out to tell his story. While it is certainly true that this film will be controversial (especially for my hard core fans–prepare yourselves, because we pull no punches in telling Ken’s story), it will also be an uplifting one, and above all, an honest one.

Ken and his wife Tonya have been wonderful to work with from a filmmaker’s perspective, simply because nothing was off limits. Ken’s past drug use, womanizing, and violence was told to us with no sugar coating. It will be a raw, exposing film, but will also point to a God who sticks with us even when we’re running from Him as fast as we can.

Right now, the film is called Fighting Shadows. We are beginning the post-production for this documentary.

*** Update ***

Fighting Shadows is called The Greatest Fight and is set to release June 2015

33 Comments

  • Carlos

    Wow... sounds AWESOME Darren!! I love what Dad (FatherGod) is doing in these days, and projects like these that light fire under my bones and reveal who He REALLY IS... a, personal, loving, ever-kind, ever-good Father and much more... Blessings to ya man... and "Godspeed" to your project hahah (pun intended)

  • Brittny

    This sounds like it's going to really shake people in a radical way! I'm super excited to see how our mighty God uses this to reach the lost and inspire others to step outside the box!!!

  • Ferl

    I'm glad you're not doing another movie like the first two. They are great but God is always new and fresh.....and comes at you with a left hook sometimes, of love of course. Thanks for being open Darren to God and his plan and for not ducking.

  • Deb HIner

    This is amazing , Holy spirit has been placing on on my heart that there are many raw stories of transformation to be told I am even trying to learn how to write a screen play . I have witnessed amazing transformation in my daughter through Ywam and I am so excited to see the real stories of transformation be told! There are so many beautiful stories For the Kingdom ! Deb

  • Jonathan Doornenbal

    Ey Darren. I'm 15yr old from the Netherlands and really love your movies! especially Furious Love because it brought me closer to God and i could feel something insides me. I hope this one is as much blessed as your other movies =) Keep spread The Kingdom!

  • jack munns

    I knew who Ken was, but i could not pick him out of a line-up. I don't watch UFC, although i watch some of the trailers of fights as they come up. Anyway, as i read your little intro in to Ken's stroy, i began to cry. i think the Lord will definitely use this film and it may even be bigger than any film you have made. Keep up the great work. PS my wife and i watched Furious Love last night and were amazed. thankjs jack

  • Jordan

    I am a filmmaker, a pastor, and a former follower of UFC. I have enjoyed your work Darren, and this is a such a perfect fit. I'm glad Ken held out for the right story teller. Looking forward to the finished film.

  • LYDIA

    I loved furious love!!! God bless you for making that film.. it blessed my heart and I think all youths and (adults) should see it...

  • Marion

    I am eagerly looking forward to this Documentary. I just watched "Finger of God" and "Furious Love" for the first time and I spent the entire time in tears. So many hungry and needy people and so few workers. God Bless you Darren and may His Love and Joy in you exceed anything you could hope for or imagine.

  • lance foreman

    Darren, I cant wait, you and your crew were a pleasure, I feel we have a bond with you as we would a fighter, Im am thankful to the Lord you said yes

  • jennjenn

    I was just wondering when the Ken shamrock film is supposed to be released. I absolutely loved your first 2 films! They were so inspiring!! Thank you so much for those! God bless!

    • Darren Wilson

      It will be released in the Fall of 2012. Father of Lights will come in the summer.

  • kyle taylor

    Hey Darren! Bless you forever and be overwhelmed by is love right now. I have a couple of questions about "Father of Lights". When may we pre-order "FOL" & will you do a screening tour? PS. really excited about the Shamrock Doc & FOL!!!

  • Nick

    one of the greatest graces of this movie will come through the revelation of the struggle. not *a* struggle, not *his* struggle, but THE struggle—which is our true struggle. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."(Eph 6:12 NIV) the "heavenly realms" are spiritual realms that—for the most part—remain invisible to our physical eyes, which have been blinded due to the fall. In a sense, we are all legally blind to the heavenly realm. may this movie become an eye-opener to all who watch it, and help focus our hearts on Christ.

  • Sara Padilla

    Please let me know when it is on sale..

    • Darren Wilson

      If you go to this link: http://goo.gl/Rh8IY, and subscribe, you will receive updates on our new products!

  • Lisa

    This movie will be amazing. We saw the trailer and the showing of "Father of Lights." My husband runs a MMMA pro shop/Gym, and is a MMA promoter, in he Pacific Northwest. WE are believers, and at the gym many trainers are believers. This will give a better perspective to those who judge us, for promoting the MMA. There is a lot of persecution that comes, due to it being MMA, and it is not that we promote any religion, but we do not deny we are Christians. We have the gym/ store open, to any one who wants to come and train, since we must show love to all. It is promised we will be persecuted. Contact sports have been going on for years, and people get rough, football, boxing etc. We can do things like MMA, and still love God and others. If we keep our eyes on JESUS, then we do not have time to persecute people!

  • Sue Snyder, Irvine, CA

    So excited about the Fight movie; do you plan to tour with it after you finish the tour with Father of Lights?

  • Catharine danks

    My dad started the first marine corp kick boxing team in California and in 1997 or 98 my dad worked with ken shamrock a little and I met him too! My dad is a die hard Christian and knows the UFC life style very well so I am super excited to see this! Ahhhh God iis so incredibly awesome

  • Sue Mitchell Snyder

    What's happened to Fighting Shadows? Sounds like it's way overdue. I suspect there are plenty of tough guys (and gals) who'll go crazy for this movie. My son-in-law is a career marine, and my daughter works out with UFC fighter, the Joker. We need this movie!

  • Alice Botsford

    Wow...Finger of God was a HUGE wow for me and I just purchased that film so that I can show it at our Women's Retreat in May. We do two a year and I am priviledged to write the curriculum for each one. After watching this film it will be our Saturday Night ending to the weekend message... I AM ... I have also seen Father of Lights and now I need to watch Furious Love. Fighting Shadows...what better way to reach rebellious youth that come to church "bored". This definately has it's place and we all have a story. I know I certainly do. Thank you for following God's whisper...and for going where too few are willing. "Be Not Afraid" gives a whole new meaning to me now. You guys ROCK!

  • Ana

    God bless everyone. I just bought FOL dvd, super excited! But one thing, for some reason, I thought the film was going to come out in some theatres. Does anyone know about this? Thanx! God bless, you, Darren Wilson!

  • Beth

    So.....thank you for bravely doing the work God has for you! Love Finger of God, Furious Love and just ordered Father of Lights.....found this project....might there be an update posted. VERY interested in this...Mahalo

  • John

    Does anyone know when this movie is coming out? GOD bless you all. :)

  • Ray

    When is this movie coming out?

  • charmaine

    wow! I'm excited to see this! :) You'll reach so many people, specially unbelievers who loves ufc! Excited! Excited! Excited! God bless you all!

  • Samantha

    So is it already released? I can't find it anywhere and neeeed to buy it for my brothers birthday since he loves fighters!

  • Pete

    Awesome Darren, where can i get this film in Australia, I tried Koorong which is where I get all your other stuff, but they haven't heard of it. I was going to buy it from your website, but i get hit with a $45 plus postage fee. I also would like your annimated movie.

  • Pete

    Sorry, that last post on postage isn't correct.

  • Timothy Johnson

    Looks like I found something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Nw2tDB-MI http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2917496/

  • Audrey Wells

    That's awesome! Justin Wren is also a UFC fighter who has a ministry called "Fight for the Forgotten" (www.fightfortheforgotten.com). That would be great if these 2 guys could get connected somehow.

  • Kinu Grove

    Would like to get an update on this movie. I really hope it is still coming out but looks like last update was 2011.

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