A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Kurt Sutter (screenplay), Richard Wenk (screenplay)
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora
On December 13, 2010, DreamWorks acquired the film, with Eminem eyed to play the lead role. The film's screenwriter Kurt Sutter said the project was inspired by Mathers' struggles. He stated that he took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past seven years, looking for something to do together. "I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but 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 Marshall 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. There is a rich story here that references his own experience, and I was honored to be able to continue a relationship that began with 8 Mile