Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Last week the producer/star of The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg, said he was in the “early stages” of figuring out how to make a sequel to that film, continuing the story of “Irish” Micky Ward. While Wahlberg himself been training in anticipation of the film happening, and believed that everyone would come back to work on a sequel, he was sure to reiterate that nothing was set in stone.
Another prominent member of the Oscar-winning team behind The Fighter, director David O. Russell, has now commented on the possibility of a sequel and not only does he agree with Wahlberg’s sentiments, but Russell would be interested in writing the script himself. Read his quotes and more after the jump.
Russell was talking to MTV News promoting the DVD of The Fighter and said that he loves the idea of a continuing that story in a second movie:
I think that would be awesome. I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff.
That “interesting stuff,” according to Wahlberg, would probably center on Ward’s trilogy of epic fights with Arturo Gatti, which is when Ward became a household name. Here’s how Russell described it:
I think Micky’s story has a lot of heart whichever way you cut it. You’d go towards the Gatti fights and you could go into the history of the family more. I really like the sisters.
Russell obviously has a lot on his plate, including Uncharted and several others, and admitted that this film is still in its earliest stages:
I would do it whenever anyone says they’re ready, I’m ready to write it.
In the interview, Russell seemed pretty insistent on wanting to be part of the writing (“I would definitely want to be involved in that.”) which basically means if the film is going to happen, it would be a long way off. Writing a script takes a lot of time and I believe Russell is hoping to make at least one movie sooner rather than later, which would bump the writing back several months.
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