We still don’t know who might star in Grudge Match, the film in development at Warner Bros. that will put two aging former boxing rivals back in the ring for one last match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have been rumored, but it’s very likely it’s a completely unsubstantiated rumor, no matter how entertaining the idea might be from a distance. (And it makes for a great venn diagram.)
But we’re one step closer to casting now that a director has been found. Peter Segal (Get Smart) will helm the picture from Tim Kelleher‘s script. Read More »
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Briefly: In May, we heard that Warner Bros. had picked up a pitch from Tim Kelleher to write a film called Grudge Match, about “retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match — 50 years after their last title fight.” It seemed like an unusual pitch for the studio to buy — a boxing movie about old guys? Not exactly what most studios are developing of late, but definitely a potentially welcome change of pace.
Now there’s a rumor that Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone might star. Production Weekly reports the rumor, but as the outlet did it via tweet, there’s no other info right now. That leaves us to ponder what the intersection of Rocky, Raging Bull and Grumpy Old Men might be like. Assuming the rumor is true, that is. Would Sylvester Stallone get in the ring for a non-Rocky boxing movie?
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Briefly: It isn’t often that you hear that a film seeks to emulate the tone of the 2000 Clint Eastwood film Space Cowboys. A studio making a movie featuring characters who are over 25? Insanity! And yet here’s Grudge Match, a writer’s pitch that Warner Bros. bought and will develop as a feature. Tim Kelleher sold the idea to WB, says THR, and will write the script. His pitch “revolves around retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match — 50 years after their last title fight.”
Kelleher has written for In Living Color and The Arsenio Hall Show, but only has one feature under his belt: Sinbad’s First Kid. Not exactly a classic, but because I love seeing a studio make a film about older characters that isn’t (a) a weepy drama or (b) a Clint Eastwood film, I’m game to see what happens here.