Dreamworks Hits Eminem with a One Hitter Quitter. Movie Southpaw Gets Dropped

That was quick.  As soon as I found out that Em was making a boxing film, it gets cancelled.  The Dream Works crew nixed the project.

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.



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