The Eminem boxing movie Southpaw to be directed by Antoine Fuqua may not be knocked-out after all. Variety reports that MGM has closed a deal to take on the drama after it was sent into turnaround in August. The Kurt Sutter-scripted project was thought to be dead, after insiders speculated that another studio would not be interested in coming aboard.
Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr at Eminem's Shady Films banner and the father-and-son producing team of Alan and Peter Riche never gave up and kept working to get the film made. They must have done something right because MGM reportedly beat our other studios like Alcon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment.
Southpaw will be distributed by Sony Pictures and has Eminem playing "a welterweight boxer who fights his way to the title, only to see his world collapse after tragedy strikes. The film will follow Eminem as he fights to reclaim his past glory and win back the affection of his young daughter."
It looks as thought the rapper-actor will finally make it back onto the big screen since last starring in Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile in 2002. I am interested in seeing how he has matured as an actor since that film. What are your thoughts?