Kent Moran Talks Filmmaking, Boxing, And ‘The Challenger’

Filmmaker Kent Moran spoke with Matthew Sardo about his latest film The Challenger. Moran takes us through every step of the filmmaking process; from early drafts of the script to recruiting Justin Hartley for the film while he was working out at LA Fitness.

The Challenger was the last full length, theatrical film for Michael Clarke Duncan before he passed away in 2012.

The film follows struggling Bronx auto mechanic Jaden Miller (Kent Moran) who will do everything in his power to save himself and his mother (S. Epatha Merkerson) from living on the streets. With the help of legendary trainer, Duane Taylor (Michael Clarke Duncan), Miller soon finds that boxing is their ticket to a better life. Earning the title ‘Bronx Boy,’ Miller becomes a local hero. After winning a big fight, a cable network takes notice and decides to give Miller his own TV show, ‘The Challenger,’ which will follow him all the way to the Light-Heavyweight Title.


Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.