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David O. Russell talks about writing a sequel to The Fighter

Mar. 21, 2011by: Dave Davis

Really want more Dicky and Mickey?

THE FIGHTER star Mark Wahlberg has mentioned interest in doing a sequel to his acclaimed boxing drama, recently stating he doesn't want it to get carried away like a ROCKY franchise, but do "one more because the big thing that Micky Ward was famous for was his three epic battles with Arturo Gatti. So we’re talking about possibly taking one more run at it. Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can’t imagine they wouldn’t want to go back."

And director David O. Russell obviously wants to go back. As he tells MTV: "I would do it whenever anyone says they're ready. I'm ready to write it."

So Russell would tackle the script, and what does he envision for the story? Pretty much what Wahlberg wants: "I think Micky's story has a lot of heart whichever way you cut it. You'd go towards the Gatti fights and you could go into the history of the family more. I really like the sisters."

Of course, considering the rate at which Russell is collecting projects (at least a half-dozen now and counting), it might be a long time before Mickey climbs back in the ring...

Extra Tidbit: How long can Bale put his body through hell for movie roles before he goes Brando?
Source: MTV

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8:59AM on 03/24/2011

$equels

$equels. Remake$. $equels. Remake$. Ugggh. Not a big Zack Snyder fan, but, at least Sucker punch looks original.
$equels. Remake$. $equels. Remake$. Ugggh. Not a big Zack Snyder fan, but, at least Sucker punch looks original.
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2:40PM on 03/22/2011
I'm in the pit that didn't care much for the film. So, I can't say I would be interested in the sequels. Yes, Micky's story was pretty amazing, but I couldn't stand most of the other characters. No matter how good Bale did as Dicky, he was still pretty damned annoying. In fact, a lot about most of the characters (besides Micky) was uncomfortably annoying, which I guess was the point. Nontheless, I'll pass.
I'm in the pit that didn't care much for the film. So, I can't say I would be interested in the sequels. Yes, Micky's story was pretty amazing, but I couldn't stand most of the other characters. No matter how good Bale did as Dicky, he was still pretty damned annoying. In fact, a lot about most of the characters (besides Micky) was uncomfortably annoying, which I guess was the point. Nontheless, I'll pass.
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6:36PM on 03/22/2011
I couldn't agree more! I love Bale but, he was annoying at times but not even close to the mother and sister characters. I thought I was watching an SNL Sopranos skit.
I couldn't agree more! I love Bale but, he was annoying at times but not even close to the mother and sister characters. I thought I was watching an SNL Sopranos skit.
11:55AM on 03/22/2011
uh... first off, Bale does NOT have to lose a shit ton of weight, these sequels would take place long after his bout with addictions.
also, HE MAKES MILLIONS OF FUCKING DOLLARS STOP FEELING SORRY FOR HIM. (i love bale and his work but come the fucking on pussies).

uh... first off, Bale does NOT have to lose a shit ton of weight, these sequels would take place long after his bout with addictions.
also, HE MAKES MILLIONS OF FUCKING DOLLARS STOP FEELING SORRY FOR HIM. (i love bale and his work but come the fucking on pussies).

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3:49PM on 03/22/2011
Watch who you're calling a pussy.
Watch who you're calling a pussy.
6:42PM on 03/22/2011
And calling people pussies from the safe,anonymity of his home computer. How's that for irony.
And calling people pussies from the safe,anonymity of his home computer. How's that for irony.
8:28PM on 03/22/2011
^really? You guys are getting mad about him calling people pussies (did he even single you two out, or did you just assume you were the pussy he was referring to?)
^really? You guys are getting mad about him calling people pussies (did he even single you two out, or did you just assume you were the pussy he was referring to?)
8:55PM on 03/22/2011
No WP, it was all in fun. Apparently the only person taking this seriously is you.Lighten up, pussy.
No WP, it was all in fun. Apparently the only person taking this seriously is you.Lighten up, pussy.
9:13PM on 03/22/2011
Well don't I look like a vagina.
Well don't I look like a vagina.
9:23PM on 03/22/2011
That's Mr. Vagina to you. Had I known there was this much pussy on this site I would have come here sooner.
That's Mr. Vagina to you. Had I known there was this much pussy on this site I would have come here sooner.
9:32PM on 03/22/2011
you guys have got it wrong about gameslave, he was just telling us where to ejactulate!
you guys have got it wrong about gameslave, he was just telling us where to ejactulate!
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10:22AM on 03/22/2011
I'd rather he fuck this up and not Uncharted
I'd rather he fuck this up and not Uncharted
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10:01AM on 03/22/2011

What could be interesting is...

a film focused on Dicky rather than a straight up sequel following Mickey. Perhaps the downfall of his own career and delve a little deeper in the characters involved in that? Or the film could culminate in Dicky's attempted murder charge (I don't know much about it so it might be nothing filmworthy)

Where the Fighter was uplifting/ inspirational etc. etc, the second could be the Anti-Fighter if you catch my drift. The Empire Strikes Back/ Requiem for a dream of boxing movies!

In short,
a film focused on Dicky rather than a straight up sequel following Mickey. Perhaps the downfall of his own career and delve a little deeper in the characters involved in that? Or the film could culminate in Dicky's attempted murder charge (I don't know much about it so it might be nothing filmworthy)

Where the Fighter was uplifting/ inspirational etc. etc, the second could be the Anti-Fighter if you catch my drift. The Empire Strikes Back/ Requiem for a dream of boxing movies!

In short, Dicky was the more interesting character with more stories to tell than simply 'he has 3 fights with...'
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8:57AM on 03/22/2011
I know I'll get a lot of flack for this but, I thought this movie was overrated.all the boxing/ drug addiction movie cliches were there. Wahlberg was once again being Wahlberg,Bale was a bit over the top for my tastes (and I love Bale) and the supporting cast all over-acted like they were in an SNL Sopranos spoof. I'm not familiar with the real life story but still found it predictable. So, a sequel...
I know I'll get a lot of flack for this but, I thought this movie was overrated.all the boxing/ drug addiction movie cliches were there. Wahlberg was once again being Wahlberg,Bale was a bit over the top for my tastes (and I love Bale) and the supporting cast all over-acted like they were in an SNL Sopranos spoof. I'm not familiar with the real life story but still found it predictable. So, a sequel...
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11:56AM on 03/22/2011
have you seen dick ecklund in person before? bale was spot on not over the top... at all.

and the movie is a true story so fuck all your cliches
have you seen dick ecklund in person before? bale was spot on not over the top... at all.

and the movie is a true story so fuck all your cliches
2:41PM on 03/22/2011
What part of " I'm not familiar with the real life story" did you not understand gameslave. So "no" I have not seen Ecklund.And curse all you want the cliche's were there and the supporting characters were overacted to the point of parody. Just because a movie is a true story does NOT automatically make it gold.I stand by my opinion. How do you expect anyone to take YOUR opinion seriously when you substitute vulgarity for constructive criticism. Not everyone is going to like what you like, get
What part of " I'm not familiar with the real life story" did you not understand gameslave. So "no" I have not seen Ecklund.And curse all you want the cliche's were there and the supporting characters were overacted to the point of parody. Just because a movie is a true story does NOT automatically make it gold.I stand by my opinion. How do you expect anyone to take YOUR opinion seriously when you substitute vulgarity for constructive criticism. Not everyone is going to like what you like, get used to it.
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4:00AM on 03/22/2011
I think a sequel could probably be good. I don't think it's necessary but I would certainly watch it. And I really hope he makes Uncharted just because I'm so tired of hearing people moan about it. Plus it sounds great.
I think a sequel could probably be good. I don't think it's necessary but I would certainly watch it. And I really hope he makes Uncharted just because I'm so tired of hearing people moan about it. Plus it sounds great.
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2:41AM on 03/22/2011
I just watched the movie this weekend, and yea I'd like to see a sequel. They have to include the family though. It was interesting to see how he interacted with his crazy and seriously screwed up fam! Gotta have Bale return!
I just watched the movie this weekend, and yea I'd like to see a sequel. They have to include the family though. It was interesting to see how he interacted with his crazy and seriously screwed up fam! Gotta have Bale return!
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1:52AM on 03/22/2011

Sure, that's the continuing story of Micky.

But Micky was the least interesting character in the film. What could have been an effective straight man was just a bore; thankfully, the rest of the family were there, the real stars of the film. If there's more to the Dicky story, I'd watch that.
But Micky was the least interesting character in the film. What could have been an effective straight man was just a bore; thankfully, the rest of the family were there, the real stars of the film. If there's more to the Dicky story, I'd watch that.
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1:22AM on 03/22/2011
If the story they have is worth telling, I'd like to check it out. If its not then I'd rather they not do it. All comes down to the script.
If the story they have is worth telling, I'd like to check it out. If its not then I'd rather they not do it. All comes down to the script.
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12:53AM on 03/22/2011

Anything to not to Uncharted

Please make a sequel...1) It takes his mind off of Uncharted that he is already fucking up, and, 2) for me...a continuation of the story and the epic fights might actually turn out decent. I would like to see a movie involoving the dichotomy of the fights.
Please make a sequel...1) It takes his mind off of Uncharted that he is already fucking up, and, 2) for me...a continuation of the story and the epic fights might actually turn out decent. I would like to see a movie involoving the dichotomy of the fights.
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12:34AM on 03/22/2011

Not gonna happen

I really don't see this happening. Or, should I say, I really hope this doesn't happen. And yes, I think it is highly unlikely that Bale would return to the role. He already won an Oscar for it (so did Leo) so why do it again? And like someone else already said, to lose all that weight again?!?
The Fighter had a perfect ending. It was a great movie. It doesn't need a sequel.
I really don't see this happening. Or, should I say, I really hope this doesn't happen. And yes, I think it is highly unlikely that Bale would return to the role. He already won an Oscar for it (so did Leo) so why do it again? And like someone else already said, to lose all that weight again?!?
The Fighter had a perfect ending. It was a great movie. It doesn't need a sequel.
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12:05AM on 03/22/2011
Just don't call it "The Fighter 2"...
Just don't call it "The Fighter 2"...
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11:54PM on 03/21/2011
how can u possibly make a sequel to that? terrible idea man, jesus christ
how can u possibly make a sequel to that? terrible idea man, jesus christ
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11:51PM on 03/21/2011

Do this!

Yeah, do this and drop Uncharted please!
Yeah, do this and drop Uncharted please!
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11:50PM on 03/21/2011
I loved The Fighter. It was my favorite film of the year and in my opinion it should not have a sequel. It's a great movie on its own and is best left as a stand alone movie.

And even if they tried to strike lightning twice, you really think that Bale would want to lose all that weight AGAIN for another movie. To a movie, that does not necessarily need a sequel.
I loved The Fighter. It was my favorite film of the year and in my opinion it should not have a sequel. It's a great movie on its own and is best left as a stand alone movie.

And even if they tried to strike lightning twice, you really think that Bale would want to lose all that weight AGAIN for another movie. To a movie, that does not necessarily need a sequel.
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11:11PM on 03/21/2011
This guy is a total hack.
This guy is a total hack.
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10:56PM on 03/21/2011
I don't trust anybody that holds their hands up like a paper football goal and pretends that they're a camera lense.
I don't trust anybody that holds their hands up like a paper football goal and pretends that they're a camera lense.
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12:06AM on 03/22/2011
LMAO
LMAO
10:46PM on 03/21/2011
Please, ANYTHING to distract him from the horrendous Uncharted adaptation he so desperately wants to make
Please, ANYTHING to distract him from the horrendous Uncharted adaptation he so desperately wants to make
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