Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone Confirmed for 'Grudge Match'
Back in October of 2010 we heard about a new boxing comedy from director Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Anger Management) that would follow two retired boxers who return to the ring for a final Grudge Match. At the time, there were rumors floating around that Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone would be the two aged boxers facing off, but that casting seemed like a pipe dream. However, The Wrap says the two stars are now in negotiations to star in the film which looks to shoot early next year. Yes, Raging Bull's Jake La Motta and Rocky Balboa himself will throw punches in the boxing ring on the big screen.
Of course, the prospect is pretty enticing, but my only worry is the involvement of Segal as a director. His last truly great comedy was Tommy Boy starring the late Chris Farley, though I personally love My Fellow Americans and enjoy 50 First Dates for what it is. Meanwhile, De Niro's comedy career as of late has left something to be desired as Little Fockers was garbage and the actor phoned in a small role in New Year's Eve. Of course, Stallone hasn't led a comedy since Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, so this could very well turn out to be a disaster. On the other hand, the planets could align and we could get two iconic boxers of cinema's history doing some solid comedy for the first time in years. Only time will tell.