When Dreamworks put the Eminem boxing drama Southpaw on the shelf in August, it was only a matter of time before another Studio would jump on making a filme with Marshal Mathers‘ first major movie role since his acclaimed debut in the semi-autobiographical 2002 drama 8 Mile.
Eminem has done a few cameos since 8 Mile, including the Adam Sandler movie Funny People and HBO’s Entourage, but has not headlined a movie since his screen debut.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the tale of a welterweight boxer who becomes a champ despite being a lefty has been taken off the shelf and is back on the burner. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment picked up the flick, which is expected to start production early next year and will be directed byAntoine Fuqua (Training Day), from a script written by Eminem and Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy.
Similar to 8 Mile, Eminem says the tale is a parallel to his own life: the story of a boxer who rises to the top only to see tragedy strike, forcing him to mount a personal and professional comeback. Em famously reached the pinnacle of rap fame in the early 2000s, only to fall into a nearly fatal spiral of drug addiction, which he later snapped, getting clean and releasing a triumphant comeback album, Recovery in 2010.
Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr at Eminem‘s Shady Films and the father/son producing team of Alan and Peter Riche fought hard on getting Southpaw film going, and now their collective efforts have finally paid off, as MGM has closed the deal to make the gritty drama, which will be distributed by Sony Pictures.
If the film comes together as well as 8 Mile did, and judging by the potential of the series, with Sutter and Fuqua on board, this is certainly a filme we gotta look out for!
By Larry Yepez Jr.