DreamWorks have acquired Southpaw, as a "star vehicle" for Eminem aka Mr Marshall Mathers. The project will be penned by Kurt Sutter. Deadline describe the plot as "Southpaw will be fueled by the struggles that inform Eminem's music and mirror his life. Eminem will play a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him.
The movie is about his fight to reclaim past glory." The film will be produced by Eminem's managers Stuart Parr and Paul Rosenberg, and Alan and Peter Riche. The deal comes on the back of Eminem's comeback album, Recovery receiving 10 Grammy Awards nominations.
Sutter states the project was borne out of his observation of Eminem's struggles. "I've had a bunch of meetings with Marshall, and I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot," Sutter told me. "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 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 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."