Dreamworks Hits Eminem with a One Hitter Quitter. Movie Southpaw Gets Dropped
It was called “Southpaw”. Hmmm…. Kind of cheesy name. Predictable for a boxing movie.
The movie was scheduled to begin filming in January. It’s was supposed to be based loosely on Eminem’s real life struggles. As summarized by the screenwriter Kurt Sutter,
” 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’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 [Eminem] 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. “
Gimme a break. It’s just like a screenwriter to try and make everything symbolic and deep. Eminem is just overrated in general. Wasn’t “8 mile” about his life and his struggles? I was largely disappointed in 8 mile especially because I was living 5 miles from the actual 8 mile at the time and my expectations were through the roof. The movie was premature, as Eminem’s career was technically just gaining momentum. “8 mile” was a movie without an ending and “SouthPaw” appears to be a movie without a beginning.