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Raging Bull gets back in the ring with a prequel-sequel

Apr. 5, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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What is it with these news stories that constantly seem like a late April Fool's Day joke? First there was Eddie Murphy joining Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in TRIPLETS, then Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, and now we have a follow-up to Martin Scorsese's seminal film RAGING BULL.  Yep, Movie Hole has a confirmed exclusive that RAGING BULL II is casting as we speak with an eye towards starting production in Los Angeles this summer. 

Based on the book Raging Bull II: Continuing the Story of Jake LaMotta by Chris Anderson, Sharon McGehee, and Jake LaMotta (find its Amazon Kindle page here), the movie is meant to serve "as a companion piece to the Martin Scorsese film and is both a prequel and sequel to the events depicted in the latter."  As for who will play the older version of the Jake LaMotta Robert De Niro brought us in the first RAGING BULL? That would be one Mr. William Forsythe (THE ROCK, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, "Boardwalk Empire" - see his picture below).

William Forsythe

Meanwhile, Argentinean director Martin Guigui (BENEATH THE DARKNESS) is scouting even as I write this for:

YOUNG JAKE LAMOTTA
To play 14-20 years old, and already a tough bare knuckles fighter. He takes his father’s frequent beatings without a sound and makes money fighting much bigger opponents in back alley fights set up by his drunken, abusive father. Please submit over 18 to play younger OR emancipated.

GUISSEPE LAMOTTA
Portrays 40s-70s, Jake’s father, a tough-looking Italian man, he’s a mean drunk who handcuffs and beats his son. He sets up the back alley fights with Jake and much older, stronger opponents. Later he refuses to help the grown-up Jake when he asks for money. Late in life, a frail old man, he reconciles with Jake just before his death. STAR NAME ONLY.

RICK ROSSELLI
40s-50s, Jake’s childhood friend “Ricky”, now a tall, glib and charming wise guy type, wearing a very expensive suit. He’s done very well running the factory Jake gave him the money to start when he was champ. Later he produces and directs porn while trying to break into legit movie-making. He’s always got his eye on Jake and manages to find him work, first as a stand-up in seedy clubs, then as a bouncer in a mob-owned strip joint, finally putting him to work with other ex-champs in his legitimate movies. STAR NAME ONLY.

SALLY CARLTON
30-40, Jake’s girlfriend and later his wife and Lisa’s mother. After years of dealing with Jake’s drinking and womanizing, she finds Jesus and takes Lisa with her to Florida, leaving Jake alone in New York. STAR NAME ONLY.

FATHER O’DOULIN
60s, Head Master of the reform school, he tries to force young Jake to fellate him and gets punched in the crotch by Jake. Recognizable names: Great Cameo Role.

RICARDO “RICKY” ROSSELLI
14, Jake’s best friend, arranges more back alley fights and splits the take with Jake. Please submit over 18 to play younger OR emancipated.

STARLET
30-40, aging, yet still sexy, Hollywood movie starlet. From Vienna, she still speaks with a slight accent. She’s furious when Jake won’t sleep with her. Recognizable names: Great Cameo Role.

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This is such a surprising development with so many unkown factors that I honestly have no idea what I think about it right now.  A great deal of the quality is going to be contingent on who they score for those roles marked "star name only," but even then there's no way we'll really know until a trailer drops.  Or at least some pictures.  Or something.  Anything.  There's also the fact that the review of Martin Guigui's BENEATH THE DARKNESS over on Arrow In the Head doesn't have much positive to say about Guigui's direction or the movie itself, which of course does nothing to encourage me that this prequel-sequel is being given the serious go it deserves.

As always, let us know what you think below.

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Extra Tidbit: Forsythe and De Niro co-starred in ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.
Source: Movie Hole

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10:06PM on 04/05/2012
Holy shit. Hollywood is officially a parody of itself now.

If Scorsese were involved this would still be a shitty idea. Without him, it is the worst idea ever. There is nothing special about Jake LaMotta. What made it special is what Scorsese brought to the story of Jake LaMotta.
Holy shit. Hollywood is officially a parody of itself now.

If Scorsese were involved this would still be a shitty idea. Without him, it is the worst idea ever. There is nothing special about Jake LaMotta. What made it special is what Scorsese brought to the story of Jake LaMotta.
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12:13AM on 04/06/2012
You took the words right out of my mouth.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
7:37PM on 04/05/2012
No De Niro? No thanks.
No De Niro? No thanks.
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7:23PM on 04/05/2012
So because Raging Bull is basically a perfect movie, they are not allowed to ever make another movie about LaMotta? The title is unfortunate, but I have no problems w/ this
So because Raging Bull is basically a perfect movie, they are not allowed to ever make another movie about LaMotta? The title is unfortunate, but I have no problems w/ this
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10:08PM on 04/05/2012
Yes. You can't make movies about the Corleones or William Randolph Hearst either.
Yes. You can't make movies about the Corleones or William Randolph Hearst either.
12:48PM on 04/05/2012

2 words...Raging Bullshit.

Nuff said.
Nuff said.
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12:09PM on 04/05/2012
"Suck me off" is my response to this.

And not in a good way either...
"Suck me off" is my response to this.

And not in a good way either...
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11:50AM on 04/05/2012
Sounds like a okay idea.
Sounds like a okay idea.
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10:54AM on 04/05/2012
they also co-starred in City By The Sea
they also co-starred in City By The Sea
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10:32AM on 04/05/2012
Why can't classic stay Classic?
Why can't classic stay Classic?
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10:12AM on 04/05/2012

This has been in development hell for 5 years

Not to bust your balls, JoBlo, but this isn't exactly news...the film has been in development hell for the past five years. Possibly even longer. I checked my IMDb history and I posted on the film's message board back in 2008, so it's been around at least four or five years. William Forsythe has been attached for years as well. Hopefully it continues to linger in development hell, because it's an awful idea.
Not to bust your balls, JoBlo, but this isn't exactly news...the film has been in development hell for the past five years. Possibly even longer. I checked my IMDb history and I posted on the film's message board back in 2008, so it's been around at least four or five years. William Forsythe has been attached for years as well. Hopefully it continues to linger in development hell, because it's an awful idea.
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10:39AM on 04/05/2012
Fair enough. I think the important bit that is new news would then be that casting is finally happening and there are distinct plans to start shooting this summer.
Fair enough. I think the important bit that is new news would then be that casting is finally happening and there are distinct plans to start shooting this summer.
10:07AM on 04/05/2012
What the actual fuck?
What the actual fuck?
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