Leiv Schreiber & Naomi Watts Unite for 'The Bleeder' Boxing Drama
The two have quite a relationship off camera, but now Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts will collaborate on a new boxing drama called The Bleeder. Variety recently revealed the project, which is being shopped around Cannes, which follows the true story former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali. The story actually inspired Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky, and we all know how that turned out. In addition, the voluptuous "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks is said to also be part of the cast, though it's not clear what role she or Watts will be take.
We're assuming that Schreiber will play Wepner, and while the story is inspiring, it ultimately ends in defeat, so it could be a hard one to swallow in the end. As for the talent behind the camera, Jeff Feuerzeig, the man behind the 2005 Sundance selected documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. This will be his first narrative feature film working from a script that he co-wrote with Jerry Stahl. I feel like there's only so much you can do with a boxing drama nowadays as even parts of The Fighter were derivative with most of the power behind the praise for the film coming from the stellar cast portraying Mickey Ward's family. I guess we'll have to wait and see how this one turns out. Interested?