After getting brutally knocked out by DreamWorks, Southpaw is making a comeback. The boxing drama, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Eminem, was dropped by DreamWorks in August and has since been aggressively pitched to other studios. MGM has finally agreed to produce the movie with Sony set to distribute and production will likely begin next year.

Southpaw, written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, centers on a left-handed boxer and his rise towards a championship in the midst of personal tragedy. It’s said to mirror many of the true life trials of Eminem’s life, much in the way the rapper’s last film, 8 Mile, was a fictionalized story with real life inspiration. Read More »


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There’s a little bit of something for everyone in today’s very full TV Bits, whether your preference is for lightweight comedies, serious dramas, humanoid robots, or good-looking serial killers. After the jump:

  • HBO and the creators of Big Love team up for an unconventional family drama
  • Fox buys a boy genius sitcom from the guy who plays Kurt’s dad on Glee
  • Marlon Wayans makes a return to television with a buddy cop project for ABC
  • Bunim/Murray and GameSpot prep an online series about gaming
  • NBC unveils a plan to bring Grimm to you early
  • FX gives a fifth season to Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy
  • Marvel announces a comic book series for fans of Dexter

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Time to round up some TV news, and what better place to start than with the announcement that Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and James Mangold will collaborate on Ralph Lamb, a ’60s-set Vegas crime drama based on the life of “cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff” Ralph Lamb. CBS is producing; Mangold will direct and Pileggi will write with Greg Walker (Without a Trace).

Ralph Lamb served as sheriff of Clark County from ’61 to ’79 – a long run! — and actually rode his horse on duty for many of those years, even as he modernized the Vegas sheriff’s department and created the city’s first SWAT team. He was also a staunch anti-mob figure, which was no small deal given the mafia control over many casinos. It’s great, if expensive material for a show. [Deadline]

After the break, trailers for the third season of Bored to Death and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new show Ringer, along with Kurt Sutter’s explanation for taking a powder from Twitter. Read More »

We’ve got lots of odds and ends for you in today’s TV bits, including renewals, a remake, and a rant by notoriously rant-y Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. After the jump, read about:

  • NBC’s remake of The Munsters
  • The new poster for Season 6 of Dexter
  • Kurt Sutter’s thoughts on the AMC debacle
  • Renewals for USA, TNT, and SyFy shows

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Eminem‘s planned return to screen acting just took one on the jaw. Southpaw, a story scripted by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) that would star the rapper as a lefty boxer whose life and career fall prey to tragedy, was picked up as a pitch by Dreamworks last year. But the studio today cut the project loose. Sutter and attached director Antoine Fuqua (himself a one-time Golden Gloves fighter) are free to take it elsewhere. Read More »

Very recently, it looked like Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was going to direct the Tupac Shakur biopic that has been in development for some time. And while that might still happen — things have gone a bit quiet on that front, despite a promised spring/summer start date — now there is a report that positions Antoine Fuqua as a more immediate possibility for another film. That is Southpaw, the boxing picture that is set to star Eminem. Read More »

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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has just sold a pitch to DreamWorks called Southpaw, which has Marshall “Eminem” Mathers attached to star. Eminem will play a left handed, world champion boxer whose life is crushed by a major tragedy and has to fight his way back to the top. Sutter is currently writing and will have a draft of the screenplay done by February, when he’ll start working on the next season of his show. Read more about what drew Sutter to the project, his relationship to Eminem and more after the jump. Read More »

Rain trains for Ninja Assassin

Update: There’s currently some debate as to whether Rain is up for the Bruce Lee role, or the villain role of the film. While it would honestly make more sense to have Rain take up Lee’s mantle instead of an “established American actor”, I can’t say for certain since the source article isn’t entirely clear. We will keep you posted.

Korean pop-star Rain seems to be well on his way to becoming an action film icon. After his supporting role in Speed Racer, he stayed within the Wachowski family to star in Ninja Assassin (which early buzz seems to indicate that he kicked a sufficient amount of ass). Now, according to our friends over at Latino Review, he could be taking on a role made famous by Bruce Lee himself: Rain may have snagged the starring role in a modern noir remake of Enter the Dragon, dubbed Awaken the Dragon.

The project is the brainchild of Kurt Sutter, formerly an executive producer and writer on The Shield. The film will be Sutter’s feature film directorial debut, and will follow an FBI agent in pursuit of a rogue Shaolin monk into the seedy world of martial arts fight clubs. According to Latino Review, WB may have settled on Rain for the role of the monk. Sutter is apparently aiming to make the film “more Raging Bull than Crouching Tiger in its viciousness.” (Basically, not all that different than the original.)

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