Director Antoine Fuqua arrives to the 2013 UCLA Neurosurgery Visionary Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California
*Director Antoine Fuqua will next take on the world of boxing in “Southpaw,” a drama written by “Sons Of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the pic as a welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart, reports Deadline.com. The movie, financed by The Weinstein Company, is scheduled to begin production this summer.
Fuqua was looking at a number of projects to helm but decided on “Southpaw,” and his deal closed last night, according to Deadline. Still to cast is the other lead, Titus “Tick” Willis, a former fighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye and was on his way to becoming a pro trainer but retreated after his son was killed.
The project is being produced by Fuqua, Alan Riche and Peter Riche.
Director Antoine Fuqua
*The Antoine Fuqua boxing drama, “Southpaw” is back on the move.
According to the LA Times, The Weinstein Company picked up the project after Dreamworks pulled the plug in 2011.
When the project was first announced, Eminem was cast as the star, but with the latest developments, it might be a different story.
Written by the rapper and “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, the story is about a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion before experiencing a tragedy. The life-changing event crushes his world before he finds the will to rise again.
Now the project is back on the table, but with a different cast, maybe a black actor as the star.
Also look for a special, exclusive interview/ feature on Antoine Fuqua in Monday’s (03-04-13) EUR.
*The new MGM has just acquired “Southpaw,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the gritty boxing drama about a left-handed boxer will star rapper Eminem in his first major movie role since the acclaimed 2002 drama “8 Mile,” and Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) will direct.
Written by Eminem and “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, the film had previously been set up at DreamWorks, but that company put it into turnaround in August. Since then, the picture has been considered by a number of other studios and producers. The film will be distributed through Sony Pictures Entertainment. Production is expected to start early next year.
The film tells the story of a welterweight boxer who, despite being left-handed, becomes a champion, but then tragedy strikes. He has to make a comeback in his life and in the ring.
Eminem, a native of Detroit, has said that he sees the story as analogous to his own life, in that he has had to fight for what he has
achieved. Some reports have said he considers this a natural progression from “8 Mile,” in which he co-starred with the late Brittany Murphy, about a working-class rapper who rises from the streets to find success. That movie won Eminem a surprising amount of praise from critics and grossed more than $240 million worldwide.
Since then, the rapper has continued his music career and has been rumored to be in a number of movies, none of which came to fruition.
He did do a few cameos, including parts in the movie “Funny People” and the HBO series “Entourage.”