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Dreamworks does a K.O. on Eminem's boxing drama, Southpaw

08.11.2011

Dreamworks may have given SOUTHPAW the right hook, but Eminem and his boxing drama are not down for the count.

There was no reason mentioned as to why the studio dropped the project. Kurt Sutter's (SONS OF ANARCHY) script was quickly nabbed up by Dreamworks. The story is about a welterweight boxer who struggles to the top to get the title, then his world is drastically changed when tragedy strikes.

Antoine Fuqua recently attached himself to direct the project, which was actually inspired by Eminem. Sutter explains, "In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to [Eminem] being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right-handed boxer." It's like THE WRESTLER for the youngsters.

In the meantime, the full film package will continue to be shopped around to other studios.

Source: Deadline

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11:01PM on 08/12/2011
I do like Kurt Sutter & Sons of Anarchy is a great show but any boxing drama about an underdog always ends up being compared to rocky, the only other one to do it right was The Fighter & thats only because it was a true story.
I do like Kurt Sutter & Sons of Anarchy is a great show but any boxing drama about an underdog always ends up being compared to rocky, the only other one to do it right was The Fighter & thats only because it was a true story.
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11:38AM on 08/12/2011
Dreamworks makes good movies (gladiator, american beauty, minority report, saving private ryan). Not might be good movies. With eminem all I can say is, hey, at least it's not justin timberlake. but then again, the fact that this movie hasn't found a home does comfort me, as it sounds stupid.
Dreamworks makes good movies (gladiator, american beauty, minority report, saving private ryan). Not might be good movies. With eminem all I can say is, hey, at least it's not justin timberlake. but then again, the fact that this movie hasn't found a home does comfort me, as it sounds stupid.
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3:10AM on 08/12/2011
Bring on the thumbs down but Eminem sucks.

Though I do think he's a better actor than he is rapper, so if i'm going to have him shoved down my throat i'll take it in the form of movies.
Bring on the thumbs down but Eminem sucks.

Though I do think he's a better actor than he is rapper, so if i'm going to have him shoved down my throat i'll take it in the form of movies.
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11:12PM on 08/11/2011
Sounds redundant to me, if they're going to relate it to 8 Mile.
Sounds redundant to me, if they're going to relate it to 8 Mile.
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10:36PM on 08/11/2011

YES!

Musicians as actors hardly ever works, this is GREAT news, thanks Dreamworks for helping us avoid another by the numbers boxing movie starring someone who is way too overrated, shitty rapper, shitty actor, and from everything I've seen behind the scenes, shitty person. Couldn't be happier by this news!
Musicians as actors hardly ever works, this is GREAT news, thanks Dreamworks for helping us avoid another by the numbers boxing movie starring someone who is way too overrated, shitty rapper, shitty actor, and from everything I've seen behind the scenes, shitty person. Couldn't be happier by this news!
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7:33PM on 08/11/2011
I'm so sick of boxing movies having a story revolving around a down and out man struggling to make his way to the top and proving himself to everyone.

As soon as you hear about any boxing movie, you know it's going to revolve around that plot one way or another.
I'm so sick of boxing movies having a story revolving around a down and out man struggling to make his way to the top and proving himself to everyone.

As soon as you hear about any boxing movie, you know it's going to revolve around that plot one way or another.
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6:03PM on 08/11/2011
Please no more Eminem in movies....or music...or just anywhere in front of my face in general.
Please no more Eminem in movies....or music...or just anywhere in front of my face in general.
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6:33PM on 08/11/2011
Someone has a lack of interest in talent. I'm not even a fan of Eminem, and don't really care much for his material, but he is extremely talented none the less.
Someone has a lack of interest in talent. I'm not even a fan of Eminem, and don't really care much for his material, but he is extremely talented none the less.
8:19PM on 08/11/2011
He's definitely talented at marketing himself, and his hair is always perfect, no doubt that takes a ton of talent... Now lets just see him sing, play an instrument, write music or act...
He's definitely talented at marketing himself, and his hair is always perfect, no doubt that takes a ton of talent... Now lets just see him sing, play an instrument, write music or act...
8:48PM on 08/11/2011
He is talented at annoying the shit out of me.
He is talented at annoying the shit out of me.
5:53PM on 08/11/2011

Ah Yes... I see what you've done there.

A K.O., a right hook, down for the count. You are an allusion genius, and I love it! (Meh, to this movie.)
A K.O., a right hook, down for the count. You are an allusion genius, and I love it! (Meh, to this movie.)
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5:42PM on 08/11/2011
Don't get me wrong, this sounds good but I think I know what the studio was thinking... They probably feel people don't want to see another "Fighter" type movie so soon... Isn't there another boxing movie coming out? I could swear I saw a trailer recently...
Don't get me wrong, this sounds good but I think I know what the studio was thinking... They probably feel people don't want to see another "Fighter" type movie so soon... Isn't there another boxing movie coming out? I could swear I saw a trailer recently...
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5:51PM on 08/11/2011
Well there is Warrior coming out, and then I guess you could count Real Steel. But still, I just want to see Eminem act again.
Well there is Warrior coming out, and then I guess you could count Real Steel. But still, I just want to see Eminem act again.
6:14PM on 08/11/2011
[link] He was great in that. lmao
[link] He was great in that. lmao
5:23PM on 08/11/2011
I don't know if this movie sounds any good or not, but I do the talent behind this movie. Sutter especially with the genius work he has done with 'Sons of Anarchy'.
I don't know if this movie sounds any good or not, but I do the talent behind this movie. Sutter especially with the genius work he has done with 'Sons of Anarchy'.
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5:21PM on 08/11/2011

alright

I enjoyed 8 Mile and there is something about Boxing that just makes a great film (Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter)
I enjoyed 8 Mile and there is something about Boxing that just makes a great film (Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter)
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6:35PM on 08/11/2011
Don't forget Cinderella Man!
Don't forget Cinderella Man!
6:41PM on 08/11/2011
lol million dollar baby, the fighter and cinderella man... try rocky, fat city and requiem for a heavyweight.
lol million dollar baby, the fighter and cinderella man... try rocky, fat city and requiem for a heavyweight.
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