Eminem Boxing Film “Southpaw” Picked Up by MGM Films

Rucuss staffOctober 21, 2011

Its been nine years since Eminem starred in a movie.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Eminem will make his major role return since the 20o2 movie “8 Mile” in boxing drama “Southpaw.” The flick centers around a down-and-out welterweight boxer who’s fighting his way back to stardom.

The new MGM film studio acquired Southpaw, which was written by Eminem and “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter. The movie will be directed by Antoine Fuque, who directed “Training Day.” The movie, which was previously picked up with DreamWorks, will be distributed through Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sutter told Deadline, “In a way, this is a continuation of the ’8 Mile’ story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life,” he said. “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.”

Production on “Southpaw” is expected to begin early next year.

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