DreamWorks Drops 'Southpaw' Boxing Drama With Eminem
Reported by Outsiders - 04:37 PM 2011.08.11
DreamWorks has decided not to go through with developing "Southpaw" for the big screen.
Based on a script by "Sons Of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, "Southpaw" is a boxing drama with Eminem attached to play a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to a tragedy. The drama is about his fight to reclaim past glory for himself and his young daughter. The feature is being helmed by Antoine Fuqua.
Kurt Sutter feels that "Southpaw" was partly inspired by Eminem's own struggles that inform his music and mirror 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."
The script should be shopped around and picked up by another studio shortly.