MGM and Sony Near Deal to Acquire SOUTHPAW; Kurt Sutter Says the Boxing Tale Parallels Eminem’s Career

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It’s time for a status check on Southpaw.  Last we heard, DreamWorks let the project go, and the filmmakers were shopping it elsewhere.  I have been rooting for Southpaw to find a home because of the intriguing collection of talent: Eminem starring, Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest) directing, a script by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy).  Southpaw won’t need to wander too much longer, because that project also enticed a number of studio suitors.  MGM is reportedly the frontrunner to acquire the film with a bid that places Sony in charge of distribution.

Sutter’s script follows a welterweight boxing champion (Eminem) whose life is upended when tragedy strikes.  Hit the jump for more on the story, including Sutter’s explanation of how it parallels Eminem’s career.

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Sutter told Deadline:

“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.”

I find Eminem to be one of our most fascinating entertainers, and a captivating screen presence in his one feature film role.  I was already on board when I thought it was your basic inspirational sports story; the real-life element adds a nice layer to the drama.

Do you think Eminem will ever act in a movie that is not based on his life?  Kinda solipsistic, but I don’t know that I need to see the rapperbranch out.  (Random Acts of Violence could be that project if it comes together.)




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  • brandon

    Does it parallel his career in that it sucks?! This is ridiculous. Why would anyone cast this guy? He even sucked at playing himself in Funny People.

    • Mitch

      No one cares if you think he sucks, his fanbase is huge so if you dont buy a ticket the studio wont shake and shiver………

      Intrested to see the movie, I liked 8 Mile and have been a fan of his music since I was in Junior High, Got a good director attatched to because Fuqua himself is a former boxer, he knows the material…… If done right it could be a great film

  • Salezmanez

    Eminem does not suck! But this film looks so easy. Why can’t he experiment more with his acting?

  • XDN KFGENVJHN,DAQJ

    from the fact that this film is on hold, I don’t see the film coming out any earlier than 2014. Otherwise, why does he have to make ANOTHER film about his life….we’ve already been through seeing it……….10 years AGO. I like the story, but can’t they change it a little, I mean i’m scared to see what happens in the ‘tragedy’ scenes. I hope he doesn’t be wierd & act all…’wierd’ in those scenes, like taking drugs & drinks & being wierd…..I hope they don’t make him do that.

    Anyways, how many films do they have to make for Eminem. we’ve got
    * Have Gun – Will Travel (still not released)
    * Southpaw (still not released)
    * Shady Talez (still not released)
    * Random Acts Of Violence (still not released)
    All these films, still have no release date.

  • XDN KFGENVJHN,DAQJ

    from the fact that this film is on hold, I don\’t see the film coming out any earlier than 2014. Otherwise, why does he have to make ANOTHER film about his life….we\’ve already been through seeing it……….10 years AGO. I like the story, but can\’t they change it a little, I mean i\’m scared to see what happens in the \’tragedy\’ scenes. I hope he doesn\’t be wierd & act all…\’wierd\’ in those scenes, like taking drugs & drinks & being wierd…..I hope they don\’t make him do that.

    Anyways, how many films do they have to make for Eminem. we\’ve got
    * Have Gun – Will Travel (still not released)
    * Southpaw (still not released)
    * Shady Talez (still not released)
    * Random Acts Of Violence (still not released)
    All these films, still have no release date.

  • i’m slim shady, yess i’m the real shady

    cant wait for this southpaw is coming out in 2014 i think

  • dominic

    2014? Maybe even 2015 actually.
    no one knows when they will start shooting because eminem put it on hold. so we never know when he will decide to go back. maybe he not even interested in acting no more.

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