Deadline.com reports that the Antoine Fuqua-directed Eminem vehicle Southpaw has been dropped by DreamWorks, but will look for another studio home.
Screenwriter Kurt Sutter says this about the movie:
"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," Sutter said. "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."
Deadline suspects that DreamWorks may have been put off by various factors, such as too many recent combat sports movies, or their own unsuccessful gamble on Cowboys & Aliens. While The Fighter did very well, the MMA film Warrior is set to hit the market, and timing may just not have been right for Southpaw, at least in the eyes of the people at DreamWorks.
Realistically, I couldn't care less. I'm not that interested in seeing another thinly-veiled Eminem biopic propped up by boxing, though I'm sure I'd eventually watch it. To be fair, I still haven't seen the fighter, but I always approach boxing movies very cautiously, and can't remember a time I was legitimately enthusiastic to see one, especially now that I spend so much time talking about boxing. I'd rather watch a movie about almost anything else at this point.