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Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to take on Sons of Anarchy creator's boxing drama Southpaw

Nov. 1, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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Kurt Sutter's boxing drama script for SOUTHPAW (based on a pitch to Dreamworks) was made into a vehicle for Eminem a few years ago, but was later dropped and hot potatoed around town. Now, it appears the Sons of Anarchy creator's script has found a new home with The Weinstein Company, who have hired director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) to helm it and are courting PRISONERS star Jake Gyllenhaal to strap on the gloves for the lead.

Gyllenhaal would "play a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter." Fuqua is quoted as saying “the heart of the movie is about a man learning to be a father.”

As a fan of all the talent involved in this I think this has real potential to be something great. Sutter has been steering the ship of his FX show Sons of Anarchy to great success and Fuqua has done well with a string of high-testosterone action pics (SHOOTER, TEARS OF THE SUN), and Gyllenhaal has gotten some much deserved accolades for his recent work on PRISONERS, ENEMY, and END OF WATCH. I think this has all the makings of the star aligning for all involved to get a T.K.O. at the box office.

SOUTHPAW is expected to start shooting in 2014.

Source: The Wrap

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8:58PM on 11/01/2013
Breakin' out the Prince of Persia hair there.
Breakin' out the Prince of Persia hair there.
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6:53PM on 11/01/2013
Should've flipped that picture, he would've looked more like a southpaw.
Should've flipped that picture, he would've looked more like a southpaw.
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4:36PM on 11/01/2013
wow, didn't realize sutter is otto.....
wow, didn't realize sutter is otto.....
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4:58PM on 11/01/2013
Suttee is also married to Katey Segal Aka Gemma.
Suttee is also married to Katey Segal Aka Gemma.
4:19PM on 11/01/2013
I've been waiting to hear more about this film ever since it was reported Eminem dropped out.

The film sounds great and has a lot of great talent behind it. Sutter is a genius with Sons of Anarchy (best show on television as of now) and Gyllenhaal has really grown into a really strong actor with Prisoners, End of Watch, and Brothers. I could see this film being something really special like along the lines of The Fighter and Warrior.
I've been waiting to hear more about this film ever since it was reported Eminem dropped out.

The film sounds great and has a lot of great talent behind it. Sutter is a genius with Sons of Anarchy (best show on television as of now) and Gyllenhaal has really grown into a really strong actor with Prisoners, End of Watch, and Brothers. I could see this film being something really special like along the lines of The Fighter and Warrior.
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