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In their celebrated careers, both Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have played classic boxer characters; Stallone with the 'Rocky' franchise and De Niro in Scorsese's 'Raging Bull.' Now it seems these two aging cinematic pugilists are looking to square off in the ring for Warner Brothers. The two are in negotiations to star in 'Grudge Match,' a comedy about two retired boxers who agree to one last bout against one another. 'Grudge Match' will be directed by Peter Segal ('Tommy Boy') and the latest draft of the script was penned by 'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin. The idea is to start shooting early next year unless someone throws in the towel before final negotiations are complete.
I'm not sure about this project. As I've said before, it's really hard to judge a movie at this prenatal stage, but conceptually I think it's a bit clunky. The gimmick really only intrigues me if they can actually get Stallone and De Niro, and even then it's only mild intrigue. We've already seen Rocky climb back into the ring in his twilight years with 'Rocky Balboa.' So the draw here would be seeing him face Jake LaMotta in the squared circle; though the actors won't actually be playing their iconic characters, but you know what I mean. My hope is that the movie is allowed to utilize violence as a comedic setpiece, much like Michael Dowse's 'Goon.' However the considerable ages of its desired stars may prevent this. As to Peter Segal, I won't pretend I don't like 'Tommy Boy,' but I think 'My Fellow Americans' is my favorite of his films and, considering that comedy is about two aging former presidents, it's probably the movie that will give us the best idea of what 'Grudge Match' might look like. What do you guys think?
Would you see 'Grudge Match' with Stallone and De Niro? Who do you think would win in a fight between Rocky and Jake LaMotta in their prime?
Source: The Wrap