Back in 2010, news surfaced of Eminem signing on for the lead role in a DreamWorks film called “Southpaw,” a gritty drama about a boxer who tries to mount a comeback, both in life and in the ring.
Since reports initially popped up, we haven’t heard much about the film since.
However, this week, Eminem’s camp revealed to the Detroit Free Press that the “Southpaw” film project has been put on hold while the rapper focuses on music.
“He’s focusing on his music right now, so while he’s doing that, while he’s in that space, he wanted to put this on hold for the time being,” said Eminem’s spokesman, Dennis Dennehy.
“What I’m told is when the film does get made, the plan is that the bulk of it will be shot in Michigan. That was always the understanding.”
According to the paper, “Southpaw” had just gotten back on track after DreamWorks put the brakes on it in August. The studio later said it would be made by MGM and distributed by Sony Pictures, while Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) would direct a screenplay by Kurt Sutter (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”).
But, things have since stalled after Em shifted focus on his Shady Records label, its artist and his new music.
If “Southpaw” does begin production at some point, it would be Eminem’s first time back on the big screen, in a leading role, since 2002’s “8 Miles.”