Eminem Returns to the Big Screen With New Boxing Movie

After an enormously successful year in his musical endeavors – both on the sales charts and with the Grammy board, it looks like Eminem has finally decided to return to the silver screen.

Deadline.com is reporting that the wheels are already in motion for Em to star in a new boxing film, titled Southpaw. Penned by Sons of Anarchy creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter, the movie will mirror Slim’s own, recent comeback story.

According to the site, who spoke with Sutter, the flick will follow a fictional, one-time welterweight champion, to be played by the rapper, as he loses his title following a tragedy and his pursuit to reclaim his position on top.

“I took meetings with Marshall’s producing partners over the past 7 years, looking for something to do together,” Sutter said. “I know he’s very selective and doesn’t do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album [Recovery], one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl.

“In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life,” he continued. “He’ll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It’s a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer.”

Although it hasn’t been written yet, Dreamworks has already made a preemptive acquisition of the drama. It will be produced by Em’s longtime business partner Paul Rosenberg as well as Stuart Parr and Alan and Peter Riche of Riche Productions.

Sutter is expected to finish a draft of the screenplay by February.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as the story develops. —Elan Mancini

  • HU

    We need this movie to inspire whites to get out and start achieving.

  • HU STAN

    Co-Sign

  • http://soundcloud.com/agdz AGDZ

    I like Eminem, and enjoyed 8 mile, but this seems like a dumb idea.

    He might as well do it now while he’s still riding Recovery’s success though.

  • WMD

    After this year and this entire Recovery bullshit, I am convinced that there is going to be racial divide in Hip Hop with stupid statements like the ones made by HU and HU Stan . I doubt a movie with a less than stellar actor will help anyone because if you are pathetic in your endeavors now then you will be probably for the next ten years. If you really want an inspiration that could speak to someone like you I would suggest Mein Kamf the book and stop with hip hop, that’s you know anything else about it besides Eminem.

  • Chucky D

    Really WMD, you took that seriously? The second guy named himself HU STAN, that didn’t make it clear to you that its a fucking joke? I don’t see where your coming from with this racial divide shit. I know black guys who love eminem, and white guys who think that he is way overrated. Recovery was a good album, better than most of the rap that comes out, especially mainstream. Its subject matter was soft, but real, and the lyricism displayed was stellar. I think this writer is just using a little rhetoric to puff up his movie idea. Eminem is a part of hip hop, and he’s a good part of it too. Your post doesn’t really make sense. Liking Eminem is the equivalent of being a Nazi?

  • The Dog

    Eminem is definitely talented but it sometimes angers me that I won’t say necesarily overrated but I would rather say that he is overexposed and the fact that he is overexposed it truly unfair to other rappers who are in my opinion equally or more talented.
    However he is a good artist and has a made a lot of smart decisions.
    He definitely deserves the success that he has had, however lets keep it real his skin colour is most likely one opf the biggest factors in him becoming the best selling rapper of all time.

  • The Dog

    Sorry for typos, need to work on my typing skills.

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