We haven’t heard about Grudge Match since October 2010. It was an exciting time, when the rumor surfaced that the stars of the two greatest boxing movies of all time would face off as two retired fighters who step into the ring for one final match. Robert De Niro vs. Sylvester Stallone—Raging Bull vs. Rocky. Here in 2012, The Wrap confirms that De Niro and Stallone are in negotiations, and the production is tentatively scheduled to shoot early next year under director Peter Segal (Get Smart). Even though Segal was tapped as a director, I don’t think we knew this is a comedy before today. But that’s clear now that Warner Bros. hired Entourage creator Doug Ellin to write the most recent draft. (Kind of. Entourage wasn’t funny, but it was nominated for Best Comedy Series three times, so Ellin is purportedly funny. Let’s focus on the talent in front of the camera.)
Stallone is definitely in fighting shape. And I’d love to see De Niro method his way back into shape (if the role even requires). Hit the jump for clips of the men in their boxing primes.
Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed
Jake Lamotta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson
Grudge Match will have to fight for space in De Niro’s schedule given the dozens of projects he’s attached to. A sample: another old fogey comedy Las Vegas; a sequel to Midnight Run; the Sean Penn-directed drama The Comedian. He also has Freelancers, The Wedding, The Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Season, and another boxing movie Hands of Stone to promote over the next year or so.