Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day, Tears of the Sun, Shooter and last year’s Olympus Has Fallen, is set to direct Jake Gyllenhaal in a new boxing drama. Deadline is reporting that Fuqua has signed on to helm Southpaw, which will star Jake Gyllenhaal as a welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart. Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, is to pen the screenplay. The film is being financed by The Weinstein Company, with a plan to begin shooting this coming summer (U.S. season).
Gyllenhaal is set to be one of the two leads. Still yet to be cast, is the role of Titus ‘Tick’ Willis, “a former fighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye and was on his way to becoming a pro trainer but retreated after his son was killed.”
Expect Gyllenhaal to go hard out for the role, training and bulking-up for the bound-to-be-demanding part. Boxing dramas often make for critical praise and Oscar attention, something The Weinstein Co. is always chasing. Deadline states that the film “could include some breakthrough performances as the script plays to cultural diversity.”
Southpaw is being produced by Fuqua, Alan Riche (Deep Blue Sea, Starsky & Hutch) and Peter Riche.
Before Southpaw, we’ll be seeing Gyllenhaal star in David O. Russell’s political satire Nailed, Dan Gilroy’s crime-drama Nightcrawler and Baltasar Kormákur’s adventure-drama Everest, co-starring Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and Emily Watson.