Eminem boxing drama may lure “Training Day” director

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Eminem surprised a number of people (myself, included) with his dramatic acting chops in the gritty “8 Mile.” And while his records certainly sell, I was kind of hoping he’d dedicate himself to acting for a few years so we could see if his performance in Curtis Hanson’s film worked so well because it was largely biographical or if Mr. Mathers actually had acting chops.

But Em’s follow-up film is moving closer to becoming a reality – nearly a decade after the 2002 “8 Mile” hit theaters – and a credible director is stepping into the ring.

Antoine Fuqua, director of “Training Day” and “Brooklyn’s Finest,” is circling the film “Southpaw,” a boxing movie that would star Eminem as a welterweight champ fighting for his title after a tragedy, THR reports. If Fuqua signs on, the film would eye a fall shoot. The script was written by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kirk Sutter, and was trying to get into theaters in 2010 but lost a little momentum when David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” took off.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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