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When we first reported on Southpaw back in 2010, it was a DreamWorks movie with Eminem attached to star. Since then, it’s suffered several setbacks and a lot has changed. But now it’s finally getting back on track, as a Weinstein Co. project starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A major piece of the puzzle fell into place this week as Antoine Fuqua closed his deal to direct. Get all the details after the jump.

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There aren’t many situations in which Jake Gyllenhaal would seem like an appropriate replacement for Eminem, but Antoine Fuqua‘s Southpaw could turn out to be one of them. Gyllenhaal has entered talks to take the lead in the boxing drama, which had Eminem attached a few years back. Hit the jump for more on the movie’s plot and history.

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Director Antoine Fuqua has been developing a boxing drama named Southpaw for some time. Written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) it’s the story of a left-handed boxing champion whose life is destroyed and he’s forced to fight his way back. Eminem had long been attached to star as the fighter, but when DreamWorks dropped the film that casting became less likely. MGM then scooped up the rights to Southpaw but Fuqua went off to make Olympus Has Fallen.

With that film in theaters later this month, Fuqua’s attention once again shifts to Southpaw. Eminem will still be involved in some way, but odds are he won’t star. To fill the lead role, Fuqua said he’s recently spoken to three of the most popular leading men around: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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