It had previously been put on the backburner after Dreamworks (the original studio that was to produce it) pulled the plug on the project in August 2011, so, as you can see this is one that we’ve been tracking for some time now.
In late 2011, it was announced that Sony Pictures had stepped in to release the film, which was penned by Eminem and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and tells the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion, before experiencing tragedy, and later finds the determination to make a comeback.
Southpaw was set to begin production early in 2012, with Alan and Peter Riche, along with Paul Rosenberg and Stuart Parr producing, but that obviously didn’t happen.
And finally, a year later, The Weinstein Company rides in on their white horse to save the day, and the project, which Fuqua is still attached to direct, but Eminem will no longer star in.
But with production aimed to start this year, casting is likely fully underway. Maybe they’ll reconsider and cast a black actor in the role… maybe not.
Up next for Fuqua are the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen, and a documentary about Suge Knight for Showtime.