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Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama "'Southpaw" Starring Eminem Revived By MGM

by Vanessa Martinez
October 21, 2011 1:40 AM
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We last announced Dreamworks pulled the plug on this project back in August. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Entertainment now plans to distribute the new MGM's boxing drama Southpaw starring Eminem. The film, previously set up by Dreamworks, is back on path and still set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film, written by Eminem and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, tells the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion before undergoing a tragedy, and later becomes determined to make a comeback.

Southpaw, set to begin production early next year, is produced by Alan and Peter Riche, along with Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr of Eminem’s Shady Films.

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  • AccidentalVisitor | October 22, 2011 2:11 AMReply

    {{{{ Where were these comments for Shame? Plenty of black men are sex addicts, but the writer-director went white. Some real pick-and-choosers up in here…}}}

    What an unusual comment.

    Unless I'm unaware there hasn't been numerous movies or TV shows about sex addicts. So how can I be mad that the rare time it gets addressed there is a white lead? Maybe if there had been fifteen or so such films and TV shows and all of them revolved around white men I would have commented on it. But since that is not the case how can there be any comparison between the two subjects? Please explain.

    And by the way there aren't any sports that put forth contests to decide a national or world champion of sex addicts thus making such winners well-known celebs. That means we as a public don't necessary have an overall stereotypical image of a sex addict as we do of a boxer. As a result I'm not sure if there is any American consensus regarding what a sex addict looks like in the first place.

    {{{ That’s so funny that you think a white writer should make movies about a black boxer that you admit is standard…so what’s unique about a black guy in the ring? …..Create your life and stop being jealous of those who do.

    Never suggested that white writers should write about black boxes, green boxers or purple boxers. White writers almost always write about white people. But it is fascinating that white writers are taking more of an interest in boxing and yet ignoring the demographics. In other words they want to make modern boxing films while longing for a long, gone era when white boxers were more common. It is like if a string of films came out about white hip-hop artists. Those white writers have the right to script such movies but it says a lot about them that they want to tell stories of the ring which is now dominated by non-whites but only want to tell those stories through the eyes of white protagonists. But this is par for the course. If you go by Hollywood films the most common single parent in America would appear to be the white male, in reality that couldn’t be any further from the truth. But when the screenwriting field is dominated by white men what else do you expect but for them to put themselves front and center in virtually everything. You can hope for more balance, but you expect just the opposite. And they deliver virtually every time.

    You can call that jealousy; I’ll call it pointing out the obvious. And when Hollywood studios are just as eager to fund such films with leads other than white men, you can go lecture me about “creating” my life.

  • other song | October 21, 2011 7:20 AMReply

    bingo AccidentalVisitor. You win... nothing. except tears maybe.

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 21, 2011 6:15 AMReply

    Boxing is a sport dominated by non-whites. When one thinks of boxers one probably thinks of black and Latinos who hold almost all the belts (and have done so for decades). I'm sure even most white folks, outside of Russia and perhaps Ireland, also form of an image in their head of a non-white person when the word "boxer" is brought up. Mixed martial arts, on the other hand, has a greater white presence but even with that sport there is a strong representation of non-whites, many of whom have risen to the top as champions.

    Nonetheless despite all of that in the last five years there has been a slew of films and a TV show or two that deals with these sports. And virtually all of them have white leads (the fighters are almost always white). It''s crazy. But when the vision of the vast majority of films (studio decisions, scripts, selection of directors) are shaped by one specific group then this is what you get.

  • JMac | October 21, 2011 5:47 AMReply

    You know the answer to that. No one wants to see a black guy in a negative, exploitive role esp. considering that's been done to death by whites. Now putting a white guy in that position with a black guy at the helm - that's the future.

  • Neziah | October 21, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    Out of all the projects Fuqua has been offered, this is the one beginning production first? After the debacle known as "Things Fall Apart", no movie starring a rapper is anything to get me excited, especially since this is co-written by Eminem himself. "Things Fall Apart" was co-written by 50 Cent, and Mario Van Peebles is a far better filmmaker than Fuqua, so I really don't see this coming out decent at all.

  • Melanie Diamond-Mendoza | October 21, 2011 1:49 AMReply

    Where were these comments for Shame? Plenty of black men are sex addicts, but the writer-director went white. Some real pick-and-choosers up in here...

  • Monique | October 21, 2011 1:48 AMReply


  • Here We Go | October 21, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    That's so funny that you think a white writer should make movies about a black boxer that you admit is what's unique about a black guy in the ring? The Fighter was crap, but it was at least about a real person, so obviously white boxers do exist. I've seen the crackhead interviewed a half-dozen times.

    Create your life and stop being jealous of those who do.

  • Cherish | October 21, 2011 1:41 AMReply

    Damn AV,

    So true. They're always in search for the "The Great White Hope."

    Even in Fantasy-land.

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