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[…] boxing promoter Nina C announces that she is set to bring Micky and Dickie to the UK to talk about their rags to riches story in their own words at three special events, titled “An Audience with the Real Fighters”, which will take place at three venues in London, Essex and Kent over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Making these events even more special is that this will be the first time, since the film’s release, that the brothers will have spoken in public about their now famous story.
Micky, who graciously delayed the American release of his new book “A Warrior’s Heart” in order to undertake the mini-tour, said, “I’m really excited to be coming back to London, have always had a lot of love for the UK as that is where I won my WBU Championship Light Welterweight Belt – it’s one of my favorite places”.
Older brother Dickie then added: “I made some good boxing friends in the UK and can’t wait to catch up on what’s going on there. The Brits are good people – really looking forward to it. I’m ready to go and hope the UK is ready for me and to hear the tale of when I knocked down Sugar Ray….. over a cuppa!” […]
The proposed sequel to Oscar-winning boxing drama The Fighter will centre on Boston boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s legendary trio of fights with light welterweight rival Arturo Gatti, star Mark Wahlberg has said. […]
Wahlberg, who played Ward, told Digital Spy the second film was “not really a follow-up to The Fighter”. He added: “It’s … much more of a study of Micky Ward and his relationship that formed from that first fight with Gatti. They became very close… and still went in the ring to try to kill each other.”
The first and third of Ward’s trio of extremely close and hard-fought back-to-back bouts with Gatti were named Fight of the Year by boxing magazine Ring for 2002 and 2003 and saw both fighters requiring post-match hospital treatment. Ward won the first fight but was narrowly defeated in the subsequent two.
Wahlberg said earlier this year that he wanted Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur to consider directing the sequel, with Russell no longer involved due to disagreements over the screenplay. The actor told The Playlist: “We got to do that film before I get too old. So maybe in the next year, year and a half. We have to wait for the script, and then we’ll choose a director.”
Mark Walhberg spoke to Collider and here is what he had to say about a Fighter sequel:
“Given that the 2010 Oscar-winning drama The Fighter only covered a small portion of professional boxer Micky Ward’s life, many involved with the film expressed interest in continuing Ward’s story in a follow-up. The second film would center on Ward’s famous fights with opponent Arturo Gatti, but word on the sequel has been quiet for some time. As he was a producer on the first film, Wahlberg is intricately involved in the follow-up and revealed that they’re currently waiting on a script by Scott Silver (who wrote The Fighter):
“It’s definitely a priority but I don’t think it’s necessarily gonna be a sequel, it’s really kind of it’s own thing about the Ward/Gatti wars and this crazy relationship that came out of these fights. After the first fight they became very close friends, yet two more times they went in there and tried to kill each other and caused a lot of physical and mental damage that really took a toll on them, and certainly still takes a toll on Micky to this day. Scott Silver is gonna be writing it and hopefully he’s writing as we speak.”
The Ward/Gatti saga is some dramatic stuff to say the least, and should be ripe with emotional content to anchor the follow-up film. Regarding when Wahlberg thinks production could begin, he’s hoping to get to it within the next year and a half:
“Well [I’d like to start shooting] sooner rather than later, I mean I’m not getting any younger although Stallone did film Rocky 6 when he was 60, and he filmed the first one when he was 29. But I would like to do it within the next year, year and a half.”
A director has yet to be announced, and last we heard The Fighter director David O. Russell’s involvement was still up in the air, but once Silver finishes the script we should have a better idea of where things are going.”
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