Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Christina Hendricks have joined a boxing drama titled The Bleeder. Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) is directing the film, which he co-wrote with Jerry Stahl. The Bleeder tells the "true story of former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen Rocky."
The film is being produced by Mike Tollin and Carl Hampe, with Ashok Amritraj, Philip Fier and Matty Beckerman are serving as exec producers. Linda Zander's Maxar Pictures are financing the film which is being shopped at Cannes this week by Hyde Park International. Other films they are selling include: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D; spy thriller The Double, starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace; Jason Statham starrer Echelon; and Paul Rudd starrer Our Idiot Brother.
Watts and Schreiber are husband and wife in real-life so I am pretty sure their chemistry will be great on the big screen. With the success of The Fighter, I am surprised that there have not been more boxing feature films in development.
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