THE MOVIE: A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout — 50 years after their last match. Rocky’s Sylvester Stallone and Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro star in Grudge Match, an action-comedy directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart) and written by Entourage creator Doug Ellin and
With Stallone, 65, and De Niro, 68, Grudge Match will be interesting. Does this mean De Niro is going back to the gym? Remember how cut he was in 1991′s Cape Fear? Sure, it was 21 years ago, but with the right trainer, we all know the wonder capable of anything. Rocky Balboa vs. Raging Bull… how cool is that?
Updates: In semi-related news, MGM is taking action against the upcoming Raging Bull II, based on the novel of the same name by Jake LaMotta. MGM claims that LaMotta has a contractual obligation that gives MGM rights to make a film based on his book.
The currently in-production unofficial sequel to Raging Bull, which has William Forsythe playing the aging LaMotta (Mojean Aria plays him as a younger man) is directed by Martin Guigui (Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness). The film also stars Cloris Leachman, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantagne, Tom Sizemore and Paul Sorvino. The director and star of the original film, Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro, are not involved in the sequel in any way, shape or form.
Look for Grudge Match in theaters on November 15, 2013. | Check out the first ‘behind the scenes’ photo of De Niro and Stallone in boxing gear. | The Playlist has a handful of new photos. | Watch the first trailer. Also, Grudge Match now has a Christmas Day release. | First poster. | Second poster is now available. | De Niro, Stallone, Hart and Arkin character posters.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the newest trailer!