*Eminem ‘s first movie since “8 Mile” has set it sights on director Antoine Fuqua.
“Southpaw,” a boxing film set up at DreamWorks with the rapper attached to star, has been in search of a director and now looks to be zeroing on Fuqua, best known for his helming of “Training Day.”
The filmmaker, who is currently shooting a biopic in China centering on concubine Yang Guifei, is in talks to board the pugilist picture, which is aiming for a fall start, according to the Hollywood Reporter. If a deal is secured, it will be Eminem’s first feature film since his 2002 semi-biopic, for which he received good reviews.
The “Southpaw” script by Kurt Sutter tells of a welterweight champ who punches his way back to glory after a tragedy.
The studio picked up the project in December when another boxing movie, “The Fighter,” was burning up the box office and awards season buzz.