In 2002, '8 Mile' grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office and suggested that Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem, had serious potential as a leading man. Despite that film's success and his enduring popularity (his latest album, 'Recovery,' recently received ten Grammy nominations), he's yet to return to the silver screen in any major capacity other than his hilarious cameo in 'Funny People'.

Now, according to Deadline, he looks ready to make his return to a theater near you in 'Southpaw,' a drama currently being scripted by Kurt Sutter, the man behind the FX network's biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy.' The premise is a classic rags-to-riches story, following a "welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy." In other words, it sounds like 97.8% of every boxing movie ever made, but something about the concept must have excited Dreamworks, who have picked up the unfinished script, which will be completed by February.
Sutter says that the project is the result of years of discussions with the rapper and the story, like '8 Mile' before it, is hugely inspired by his real world experiences -- they've just been transposed to the boxing ring:

"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."

'8 Mile' offered sufficient evidence that Eminem is capable of delivering a fine performance and he's undoubtedly still a force to be reckoned with on the music charts, but the man's pushing 40 and only has a single film under his belt. Is it too late for him to, please excuse the pun, get back in the ring? Will an audience actually buy this skinny white guy as a boxer? What will separate 'Southpaw' from the dozens of other movies with identical plots?

Maybe a great script, a great lead performance and a great director. We'll just have to keep an eye on this one.
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