The fight is on, again — Mark Wahlberg officially announced at last week's Spike TV Guys Choice Awards that there will indeed be a sequel to his Academy Award-winning " The Fighter," which won Spike's award for Guy Movie of the Year.
The original film followed the journey of struggling boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (played by Wahlberg) and his combustible family dynamic.
The film boasted a phenomenal Oscar-winning performance by Christian Bale as Ward's brother Dicky, and it was a critical and commercial hit.
"We left out the Arturo Gatti fights for a reason," Wahlberg said during a profanity-laden acceptance speech that would make my mom's ears fall off. "That's for 'Fighter 2.' We're not gonna do 'Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8,' but we're gonna do '2.' "
He also hinted at a trilogy.
Since Wahlberg was one of the original film's driving forces (he also produced), it's pretty safe to assume that he's speaking the truth, and that the new film has indeed been green- lighted. (Rumors surrounding a sequel have been circulating since spring).
I'm a big fan of "The Fighter" in many ways. Here's hoping the sequel, with the right creative team behind it, can be even better than the original (as was "The Godfather, Part II").
"Big" idea — I am a faithful reader of screenwriter John August's blog (www.johnaugust.com). This week he officially announced that the 2003 film " Big Fish" is going to be a Broadway musical.
The film, which I loved, was directed by Tim Burton and based on Daniel Wallace's novel, which August adapted for the screenplay.
The fantastical story follows a son (Ewan McGregor) as he tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his dad told about his life.
It had me literally sobbing by the end, but it was beautiful.
August says he's excited to begin the process of taking it to the stage. He wrote the book for the musical; Broadway legend Susan Stroman is directing; and Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics.
It will be interesting to see how the grand scope of the film will translate to the stage.
August vows to document the process on his blog as it happens, just as he does with his films.
The stage version of "Big Fish" is slated to open on Broadway in Spring 2012.
Aronofsky's Ark — Wildly imaginative director Darren Aronofsky proved that he could make a weird indie film that could become a successful mainstream hit with last year's " Black Swan," which nabbed leading waif Natalie Portman an Oscar.
Now he's looking to go even bigger. Deadline Hollywood reports that the director is pitching his concept for " Noah," an edgy retelling of the Noah's Ark tale. And with Aronofsky, don't expect anything like the Steve Carell Noah's Ark comedy "Evan Almighty." Aronofsky's vision should be decidedly darker.
He wrote the script for "Noah," which is getting a rewrite by John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator").
Aronofsky is busy trying to find backers for the film, and is said to be seeking a $130 million budget. Talk about biblical proportions.
Screen Rant also reports that Aronofsky is working with illustrator Nico Henrichon to develop a comic book version of the Noah film, which is slated to be released in 2012.
What's next? Noah's Ark animal crackers?