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Thank the movie gods! Someone is suing the makers of Raging Bull II!

Jul. 5, 2012by:

It looks like MGM has had just about enough of those rapscallion filmmakers behind RAGING BULL II. The studio has filed a lawsuit against the indie filmmakers and the 91-year-old Jake LaMotta himself. Wait, a big movie studio is suing an elderly man? Now I feel a little bad.

MGM's lawsuit claims that RAGING BULL II is “publicly associating the Sequel Picture” with the original RAGING BULL. MGM claims that this “is plainly intended to create confusion in the marketplace and to trade off the value” of the Martin Scorcese/Robert DeNiro classic and will “irreparably tarnish the value of the Picture and MGM’s rights therein.”

We previously showed you the first two official stills from the Martin Guigui directed film and they were nothing very special. The movie is an independent production and stars William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, and Mojean Aria as the young Jake LaMotta.

If this film simply had an unrelated title to the Scorcese film, it would be a non-issue. Something like THE JAKE LAMOTTA STORY would have gotten the premise across to audiences. It is very clear by titling the film RAGING BULL II that the filmmakers wanted to capitalize directly on the first film. Plus, this is a prequel so there shouldn't even be a two after the title.

MGM is looking for production to cease completely on the film so it may not be completed at all. Kind of like a car crash, now I want to see just how bad RAGING BULL II was/is going to be.

Extra Tidbit: Just because you add Roman numerals to your sequel does not make it classy.

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1:34PM on 07/05/2012
I can appreciate Jake LaMotta wanting to tell more of his story. I can also respect MGM for taking a stand with regard to the title. Does it actually tarnish the original in any way? Doubtful. Hopefully a name-change will make MGM drop their suit, as I wish no ill will toward Mr. LaMotta, or for that matter, the production, so long as they pay due respect to the original film. Then again, MGM is suffering, so they might not be so easily bought. In which case, I'd side with the se/prequel.
I can appreciate Jake LaMotta wanting to tell more of his story. I can also respect MGM for taking a stand with regard to the title. Does it actually tarnish the original in any way? Doubtful. Hopefully a name-change will make MGM drop their suit, as I wish no ill will toward Mr. LaMotta, or for that matter, the production, so long as they pay due respect to the original film. Then again, MGM is suffering, so they might not be so easily bought. In which case, I'd side with the se/prequel.
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9:12PM on 07/05/2012

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Call it something else and move on. Even with the name RAGING BULL II, no one actually gives a shit. I hope the movie is good but who knows?
Call it something else and move on. Even with the name RAGING BULL II, no one actually gives a shit. I hope the movie is good but who knows?
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11:05AM on 07/05/2012
Once I knew that this had LaMotta's blessing, I stopped siding w/ a change of title. I think this is a sad day for MGM to attack a little independent movie that will in my mind have absolutely zero impact on tarnshing the original. If anything even a bad sequel should create more interest in seeing the "original"
Once I knew that this had LaMotta's blessing, I stopped siding w/ a change of title. I think this is a sad day for MGM to attack a little independent movie that will in my mind have absolutely zero impact on tarnshing the original. If anything even a bad sequel should create more interest in seeing the "original"
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