"Training Day" Director In Talks For Eminem's "Southpaw"

UPDATE: The deal is being ironed out for the "Training Day" director to helm the upcoming boxing film.

Earlier today, MTV News reported that rapper Eminem will make his long-awaited return to the silver screen in the lead role in the upcoming film Southpaw

The film, which has already been picked up by DreamWorks, will find the Detroit rapper portraying a welterweight boxer whose career is cut short by personal tragedy. Kurt Sutter, the film's screenwriter and creator of FX's popular drama "Sons of Anarchy," said that the film carries a metaphorical relevance to rapper's own much-publicized trials and tribulations

"I took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past seven years, looking for something to do together," he said. "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 [Recovery], 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." (MTV.com)

Sutter also added that, "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." (MTV.com)

According to reports, the first draft Sutter's script for Southpaw will be completed by February. DX will keep you updated as more details are revealed.

[December 13]

UPDATE: Antoine Fuqua, who helmed Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest, is in final talks to direct Eminem in Southpaw, his first movie since 8 Mile. HipHopDX will keep you updated.

84 Comments

  • Nico 3

    Pac was not a great actor. I challenge anyone (somber that is) to sit through Gang Related or Poetic Justice.

  • realtalk

    Em is a great actor, just like Tupac was. The concept seems awesome but uhhh Antoine Fuqua just sealed the deal. He is my favorite director, easily. This is very exciting.

  • Anonymous

    Yelawolf clowns this pop bitch.. And I really think Eminem is in the closet almost 40 yrs old and never see him with a women....

  • Anonymous

    gay and so is eminem fuckin pop star bs

  • Anonymous

    And let us all flock to the overrated white boy once again.

  • TAYLORD

    WIGGERS AND THEIR SOUTHPAW HOODIES AND SEAN JOHN HATS LOL AND THEIR FILA SNEAKERS W/ NO LACES WHO YOU FOOOOOLIN marshall?

  • DeeJay

    All of you that say Eminem sucks are stupid. And all o you are all On Gucci's, Wayne's, Kanye's, &anyone else dick are stupid. 1st of all: Eminem has sold more than any other rapper on the planet Earth. Even if it was only white people being his albums(which it wasn't) , if you like rap then you like rap, that means that if they like rap enough to but Em's album then they probably bought a Wayne album or a Nas album or a Kanye album. This would make Eminem a "GOAT" whether you think he sucks or anyone else think he sucks. Now if you wanna say he's no longer relevant (even though he still raps) then say it if you know what it means. But his longevity and his lyrical skills and sales make him the best. 2nd of all: Gucci Mane doesn't suck. He does know how to sell a single and he does know how to get alot of people sayin his name doin stupid shit or.. Not. You can't argue that he doesnt get love in the game. If he didn't no one would be saying he's better then anyone especially Eminem. He sales records, he gets downloads on his mixtapes, and hes always gonna be on some little thugs iPod or car. So don't say no one likes him and don't say he sucks unless u comparing him to Eminem, Wayne, or Kanye. Don't get wrong though I still don't like him but I'm not hating.

    • Anonymous

      Sales don't equal talent. Stop using sales as an argument. Garbage, talentless "entertainers" can sell millions, doesn't mean their music is good. (Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Justin Bieber, Back Street Boys..shall I go on? Eminem is a legend, but don't use sales to back him up, cuz the majority of artist who sell are trash.

    • lol

      How you gonna call people dick riders with that post? Time to take a look in the mirror.

  • Nico 3

    Em hasn't acted in awhile. Fugua hasn't made a good movie in awhile. Something's got to give. I think for Em's sake, they need a good supporting cast. That will either make or break this film.

  • Anonymous

    wasnt southpaw a really legit clothing brand back in the day?

  • Anonymous

    Perfect time for Royce and Em to get back together. Bad and Evil on a soundtrack x)

  • Anonymous

    dopee Check this out!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

  • Baller16

    this means a soundtrack:)

  • rich

    Gucci is ok I like him but the one thing he isn't going 2 do is kill em n a rap or freestyles... this one verse from em would kill any thing bricksquad do he even out rapped jayz n his own shit like nas said eminem murdered u on ur own shit Since I'm in a position to talk to these kids and they listen I ain't no politician but I'll kick it with 'em a minute Cause see they call me a menace; and if the shoe fits I'll wear it But if it don't, then y'all'll swallow the truth grin and bear it Now who's these king of these rude ludicrous lucrative lyrics Who could inherit the title, put the youth in hysterics usin his music to steer it sharin his views in his marriage But there's a huge interference - they're sayin you shouldn't hear it Maybe it's hatred I spew, maybe it's food for the spirit Maybe it's beautiful music I made for you to just cherish But I'm debated disputed hated and viewed in America as a motherfuckin drug addict - like you didn't experiment? Now now, that's when you start to stare at who's in the mirror and see yourself as a kid again, and you get embarrased And I got nothin to do but make you look stupid as parents You fuckin do-gooders - too bad you couldn't do good at marriage! (Ha ha!) And do you have any clue what I had to do to get here I don't think you do so stay tuned and keep your ears glued to the stereo Cause here we go - he's {*Jigga joint Jigga-chk-Jigga*} And I'm the sinister, Mr. Kiss-My-Ass it's just the

  • jiggaman

    Dude..i really freakin hope eminem ends up working with tech n9ne...tech n9ne and em should seriously do a few tracks together and have dr dre produce them and maybe have snoop dogg in the backround in the music video but not say too much just be chill and maybe smokin a doobie or blunt, and have tech and em go back and forth rap like d12 does when theyre rap talking to eachother...but at the same time have like the whole strange music label there too giggin goin dummy...oh yea and brotha lynch can be there smokin a fatty with snoop cuz their both cali crips....yea....that would be cool

  • Anonymous

    if you like eminem check out this new mc. yoll love this nigga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

  • Woodrow Wilson

    mashed potatoes.

  • jj

    gucci mane appeal album sucks.

  • Rachael Misek

    Yeah anynonnie person I saw the finale but that was so crap the person only FELL on the ground..no blood, no crying..just whap and down..boring...lol im a boxing fan i see guys beat each other up and keep beating on each other even when their nose is broke!!!

  • king05

    SuperGucciRap: dude your fuckin dumb as shit..gucci sux.em would kill gucci

  • LJPtexan

    It looks like Marky mark beat Em to the punch for doin a boxing movie

  • Ddot DOuble

    Why are people so fuckin' passionate about Gucci Mane?

  • jj

    shut the fuck up ass hole you hater.

  • SuperGucciRap

    Man fuck this cracka. He thinks he can rap but he sucks. His last album only sold 1 copy. Gucci Mane sold 300 million with his last album in just one day. Plus Gucci Mane has better verses: Gucci's epic verse from Lemonade a 300 times platnium single: My phantom sittin on sixes, no 20's in my gun Your cutlass motor knockin, because it is a lemon My rifle's Georgia-peaches, but you look more like a lemon These sour apple bitter bitches, I'm not fuckin with em I'm truly stupid paid that's just how I feel today, I'm movin slow cause codeine syrup's in my lemonade I'm standing in the shade and I'm sellin lemonade 600 a pint ago and raise off in the "A" Lemonade diamond bracelet, put it in your face (BURR) Lemonhead diamond earrings I wore yesterday (BURR) I'm pimpin where I'm winnon, that's just how I'm chillon I'm smokin grits and sellin chickens, corvette painted lemons GUCCI! Eminem's weak verse from his shitty 25 To Life verse, it makes no sense: I feel like when I bend over backwards for you all you do is laugh Cause that ain't good enough! - You expect me to fold myself in half, Til I snap! - Don't think I'm loyal! - All I do is rap! I cannot moonlight on the side; I have no life outside of that! Don't I give you enough of my time? - You don't think so do you Jealous when I spend time with the girls why I'm married to you? Still man I don't know! - But tonight I'm serving you with papers I'm divoricing you! - Go marry someone else and make 'em famous! And take away their freedom like you did to me! - Treat 'em like you Don't need them and they ain't worthy of you! Feed 'em the same shit you made me! - I'm MOVING ON FORGET YOU, OH! Now I'm special!? - I ain't felt special, when I was with you! All I ever felt was this - helplessness! - Imprisoned By a selfish bitch; chew me up and spit me out I fell for this! So many times, it's ridiculus! - And still I stick with this I'm sick of this! - But in my sickness and addiction you're addictive, As they get! - Evil as they come vindictive as they make 'em! My friends keep asking why I can't just walk away from, I'm addicted To the pain, the stress! - The drama, I'm? so I guess I'm a Mess! - Cursed and blessed, but this time I'm a Ain't changing my mind, I'm climbing out this 'Abyss' You screaming as I walk out that I'll be missed; But when you spoke to people who meant the most to you U left me off your list! - Fuck u hip-hop! I'm leavin' u! - My life sentence is served bitch & it's just... What a disgrace... that verse shows proof Feminem ain't hip hop. He ain't 25 so he can't even count. Gucci is real hip hop. Eminem is pop. It's Gucci Time!

    • name

      25 isn't his age. 25 to Life is like saying 25 to life in prison. 99% of the words eminem uses in that song gucci probably doesn't even know the definition to. shut up.

    • Justin Ballou

      To all the idiots. Em wasn't talking about his age. He was talking about Hip Hop being a life sentence. Usually cats get 25 to life. Peace. ThinkBIG.

    • Rappaz R. N. Danja

      There's several different levels to Devil worshippin: horse's heads, human sacrifices, cannibalism; candles and exorcism Animals having sex with 'em; camels mammals and rabbits But I don't get into that, I kick the habit - I just, beat you to death with weapons that eat through the flesh And I never eat you unless the fucking, meat looks fresh I got a lion in my pocket, I'm lying, I got a nine in my pocket and baby I'm just, dying to cock him He's ready for war, I'm ready for war I got machetes and swords for any faggot that said he was raw My uz' as, heavy as yours, yeah you met me before I just didn't have as large an arsenal of weapons before Marshall will step in the door, I lay your head on the floor With your body spread on the bedspread, red on the wall red on the ceiling, red on the floor, get a new whore Met on the second, wet on the third; then she's dead on the fourth - I'm dead wrong Shut the Fuck up.

    • gucci sucks

      people like u is the reason y hip hop is dead. u prolly think gucci and wacka are the best rappers around. and who u callin internet geeks when u the one writings verses how to try to make a point. well we got ur point ur a fuckin moron.

    • ghettostar

      your a fuckin idiot. 25 is the age is signed with dr dre. and u wanna hear some lyrical shit go listen to almost famous that distroyed ur so called killer verse of cuggie lame

    • SuperGucciRap

      All of yall are complete idiots. If I saw everyone of yall in public I would shove my dick deep inside of yall until it hurt. It's a shame that you all would disagree with me. I don't need a friendship with you internet geeks. Beating you all with my inferior male genetalia would be no problem. I would glaze the ass cheeks of all of you with my reproductive organs. Gucci is the best, faggots.

    • Omar Osgood

      You need to get a life.

    • unterschleif

      I hope that was meant ironically. Or maybe u take too much drugs...

    • war22

      pls kill urself..GUCCI ?? i mean cmon GUCCI..he's one of the reason hiphop is dead...u must be stupid or Eli Porter...on of those

    • Heat357

      Actually pretty humorous...

    • Anonymous

      Find summin better to do

  • Anonymous

    if you think RIck ROss the Bawse is a fuckin retard dumb ass click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

  • Rick Ross the Bawse

    Fuck this pop sellin motherfucker. Basically first this nigga disses Mark Wahlberg then makes a fuckin ripoff of a badass Wahlberg movie. Eminem like 50 is a shitty ass actor. Nigga needs to stick to his pop hip hop music with Pink and shit and leave the actin to real actors. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rick Ross the Bawse

      And the dickriders come out.... Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Shady

      Eminem is not black so why are you calling him nigga. And please, if you think rick ross is better you shouldnt even comment about an eminem subject.

    • Desperado

      haha ur callin eminem pop while rick ross tries to be pop n just cant get there..haha how many albums did he sell?.. because he has no lyrical ability and was a fuckin correctional officer. sounds like ur still pissed 50 put officer ricky in the grave

    • ..

      BITCHES WHO DONT LIKE HIM SHOULD FUCK OFF!!!! RICK ROSS SUCKS ! YUCK! EMINEM IS THE FREAKING BEST ! HE IS THE KING~ so..U FUCKING SLUT..GO KISS RICK ROSS'S ASS!

    • Dan Strauss

      ur a fuckin retart wit no talent and wish you could be him bitch

  • Mike Meraz

    can't wait for this film. 8mile was a classic.

  • hjbfhebtjbwvthwjeb

    I feel like every movie is dependent on a director and the script... you cant just tell a movie and have it be hot... we know NOTHING about this film yet or the budget so i'll reserve judgement

  • Mitch 3K

    Goin to see the fighter 2morrow, love boxing movies (Raging Bull, Gladiators, etc) I'll peep it when it comes out

  • the.watcher

    "which is to boxing what a white rapper is to Hip Hop" Bullshit! There are so many extremely talented white rappers that are better than Em, they just keep it real and don't sell out.

    • name

      or they completely lose their mind because they're getting old like slug. Everything up until this latest album has been great. His latest album was so slow paced i couldn't listen to it. The backdrop was money but the tempo was just too slow.

    • Willy

      @The.watcher "Well, what can I expect from someone who write in all capitals and doesn't know how to spell "They're"." ------ Perhaps you should work on your own english/grammar before criticizing someone elses. Since WHEN was "cos" a viable replacement for because? Just curious. Now to the whole debate about white rappers... While you brought up a very good list of underground emcees. I don't think it's fair to criticize Eminem for making money for doing what he loves. Calling him a sell-out would be like calling anyone who makes more money than you (or anyone for that matter) a sell out. His marketing strategy has nothing to do with his lyrical ability. To say that he's not the cream of the crop of white emcees (or black for that matter) is, as most idiots on this web-site like to claim, "hating". "Mainstream rap is about shallowness, materialism, misogyny and popping bottles while checking out fly bitches. Wasting time listening, or rapping, about that is a display of immaturity."---------Did you listen to Recovery? At all? I mean... Really sit down and listen to his lyrics? I don't think you have if you have such a disdain for his music. Recovery is a very well made album that a lot of people can relate to. If it's not for you, then fine. But as a recovering addict myself I can relate to this album. I've grown up with Eminem. We share a similiar story. I have a lot of respect for underground emcees (I just went to a Brother Ali, Grouch and Eligh show in Portland). They chose a different path than Eminem. But they make money off of their albums just like he does. Are they sell-outs too?

    • thewhat

      @thewatcher .. It's funny to me that u takeup so much time and effort to put down Eminem. Like what is your beef? lol U can't deny Em is one of the most talented to ever do it and i bet that evidence and all ur other favourite white rappers u mentioned would agree. I duno wtf ur hatin so much for when Em has been big famous since '99. its nearly 2011 son haha. Yeh all ur underground mc's u spoke of are good but think rational and recognize they can't compete with Em on any level in hiphop and they'll never do what he's done. Em the biggest white rapper ever stop fuckin hatin u should be happy a whiteboy made it to the top and is actually one of most talented ever! id bet u say vanilla ice is better cos he aint really heard from now haha! Some People always gonna hate tho when ur at the top even if u do deserve it cos u r that good!

    • the.watcher

      @Anonymous, Mitch and Justin, in order 1. Depart from Me was an experimental album, it didn't quite work out, but it's about as far from "mainstream" as you can get. Quite simply, I just don't see the point of name-dropping Cage at all, he doesn't fit the profile. 2. Your tone suggests to me that you either haven't heard a single artist I mentioned, or you don't like Underground hip hop, which states that you don't like thought provoking music, which, in effect, tells me that you're an idiot who doesn't like to exercise his cranium. 3. It's not a matter of working a part-time job or not, the music is completely different. Mainstream rap is about shallowness, materialism, misogyny and popping bottles while checking out fly bitches. Wasting time listening, or rapping, about that is a display of immaturity. I find it funny that you refer to me as if I'm a child, when you're the one that clearly doesn't understand the fundamental difference between the two polar opposite sides of rap music. That's ok though, maybe you'll grow up someday. And at YOUAJOKE - Well, what can I expect from someone who write in all capitals and doesn't know how to spell "They're". Allow me to quote Mac Lethal on this one: "So I had to take action\ Like "Idiot, separate possessive from contraction,\ The possessive of "Your" would be like "YOUR new girl used to be mine", so obviously\ The contraction "YOU'RE a bitch", needs an apostrophe"\ And honestly, I won't stop\ If you don't understand "It's", "They're" or "You're", you should be shot" Furthermore, fool, the mere simple fact that you think Eminem is better than those underground cats I mentioned shows me that you don't understand shit about hip hop. Look at the reviews, son, and tell me which albums are more highly lauded critically.

    • justin brown

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...i thoguth that whole "sellout" thing died when i was 13...yeah all those great white rappers would rather work part time at a diner and live with theri moms than "sellout" get a grip kid you are clueless

    • Mitch 3K

      @ The.Watcher Blah Blah Blah........ Yeah, and I know a guy shooting hoops at the park with a better jump shot then Kobe Shut the fuck up, lol

    • YOUAJOKE

      YOU JUST KEEP PRETENDING THERE BETTER THEN EM... SMH PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID ON THIS WEBSITE

    • Anonymous

      @ The Watcher Actually, I was talking about Depart from em, the album cage put out with the video that was on MTV after he started following the transformer kid around like a puppy dogg and still didnt sell shit, lol Its okay tho, your just a hater, it is what is.........

    • the.watcher

      @anonymous Cage released "Hell's Winter" through Def Jux, which is better than ANYthing Em has ever done. Apathy I don't like that much, but there are a plethora of talented cats, such as Brother Ali, El-P, Aesop Rock, Evidence, Mac Lethal, Sadistik, Eyedea (RIP), Slug, Copywrite etc...the list goes on. So your whole argument is basically bullshit, cos you only mentioned 1 rapper (Apathy) that I feel is average.

    • Arno

      Lmao whawhawhawha Rick ross and weezy better fuck you a stupid mutherfucker shut the fuck up please

    • Desperado

      Rap circles around him? come on man he is arguably the best rapper alive and is in the discussion for best of all time. of course u wouldnt recognize this as you are a fan of the fakest rapper in the game.

    • Rick Ross the Bawse

      Fo sho, I know a lot of white boyz that would rap circles around this nigga Em but they don't get the chance. Em ain't shit no more but his stans still call this nigga the Goat. Fuck outta here, Nas better than this nigga, Wayne better than him now and so is Ye. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      .......Or they try to sell out and fail (Cage) or they sign to major labels and get shelved before they drop anything (Apathy)......

  • sincerejk

    this could be very interesting. the whole movie will depend on em's acting chops though. he did well in 8 mile but he was basically playing himself. i'm lookin forward to seein this. traditionally i've had a negative opinion towards southpaws but manny's changed my mind somewhat. this could be a very iconic movie, depending on who they get to direct it.

  • Anonymous

    sounds like a rip off of mark wahlberg's movie the fighter.

  • Gucci Swag

    Fuck Eminem... he sucks. Recoevery was a pop album... Buy The Appeal by Gucci Mane. Best album of 2010. Plus Gucci Mane is the hottest nigga in the rap game. It's Gucci Time!

    • Anonymous

      Gucci's a joke. 'Nuff Salad, Hold The Dick.

    • Mike Meraz

      I think Gucci Swag was being sarcastic. Idk. But Eminem's Recovery was a bit Pop but I still thought it was dope, should have lost the tracks with Pink and Rhianna. ..Gucci Mane stands for everything wrong with Hip Hop. Ignorant and embarrasing.

    • Anonymous

      Anybody who likes Gucci Mane loses their right to an opinin on all things hip hop related

    • alex

      yes fuck eminem, the most sociological important man to hiphop after 2pac.... oh and your man gucci manne wouldnt have half his fan base if it wasnt for emenem

  • TYSON

    1st BITCHES!!! This movie gonna be ill

  • Joe

    cool, lookin forward to it.

  • Rachael Misek

    Do we get to watch Eminem punch someone really hard in the face and their face like split and blood go SPLAAT.... nice!

  • Anonymous

    Get in before the internet haters crash the servers, lol Could be alright, the guy who's writing it is talented, and I love Boxing so it could be intresting

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