It may be redundant to heap further praise on a movie that was recently nominated for seven Academy Awards, won two and turned out to be a crowd pleasing hit at the box office, but David O. Russell's'The Fighter' truly is a wonderful little movie, taking what should be, by all accounts, a retread of every rags-to-riches cliche ever burnt onto celluloid but instilling them with heart, humor and personality. It's a rarity: a warm, powerful movie that never wears any grand artistic intentions on its sleeve and wins the audience over by the sheer force of its characters and story.

But does it need a sequel? Star Mark Wahlberg thought so and now director David O. Russell has joined him. Here's what he told MTV:

"I think that would be awesome ... I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff."

Before we go any further, we need to quickly examine Russell's choice of words, mainly the part where he says "I think that would be awesome" and later in the original article, where he adds "I would do it whenever anyone says they're ready" and "I would definitely want to be involved in that." All of this is film industry talk for "Yeah, I'd do 'The Fighter 2', but I'm not really thinking that hard about it right now and I have a lot on my plate with my upcoming adaptation of 'Uncharted', but I'd consider it, thank you very much and good day."

That's not to say a sequel won't happen. "Irish" Micky Ward had all sorts of adventures after the events of 'The Fighter' (although the text epilogue does kind of spoil the outcome of any potential sequel for anyone not familiar with boxing in the real world), so there's definitely somewhere for the story to go. His epic trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti was easily the biggest moment of his career and there is certainly cinematic potential there. Not to mention the fact that the real soul of 'The Fighter' resides in the scenes outside of the ring -- the extended dysfunctional family at the center of this story is oddly endearing, to say the least, and audiences may very well want to revisit them just as much as the actors do.

What say you? Should a sequel to 'The Fighter' happen? Will they be able to round up the entire ensemble for another go-around, particularly the ever-prickly (and now Oscar-winning) Christian Bale?
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