When The Fighter was making the junket rounds, Mark Wahlberg joked about how there could be a series of films made about his real-life character Micky Ward’s fights with Arturo Gatti. He said “We’re doing those fights in the sequel. We’ll do four more films. We’ll do the first Gatti fight in the sequel” which led to director David O. Russell making a Rocky IV reference. It turns out this wasn’t just a jab at the beloved Sylvester Stallone franchise – Mark Wahlberg has recently commented to Entertainment Weekly that he’s into “taking one more run at it.”
Everything is still in the early stages of development, but Wahlberg goes on to talk about he thinks he can get most of the rest of the cast back, and that the real Micky Ward and his brother Dickie Eklund (played to Oscar winning effect by Christian Bale) really want him to do it. And – perhaps more importantly – Wahlberg is trying to maintain his fighting shape.
The Fighter won two Oscars (for Bale and Melissa Leo), has made over $90 Million domestically, and comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today. The thought of a sequel isn’t all that shocking – the film was successful – the thing that will surely be the make or break the sequel is scheduling.
Wahlberg has a busy plate, and he’s currently set to join David O. Russell for his adaptation of the Uncharted video game. But where Russell is easily replaceable, Leo and Bale are not because of their Oscar wins. Right now Wahlberg is talking up the sequel and surely there are interested parties, but Wahlberg is also nearly forty years old. This isn’t a project that can be sat on.
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