Stallone and DeNiro's 'Grudge Match' Greenlit and Adds Kevin Hart
by Ethan Anderton
October 12, 2012
Back in May, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, known for bringing boxers Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta to life respectively, were confirmed to step into the ring with each other for the comedy Grudge Match from Tommy Boy director Peter Segal. Now Warner Bros. has finally given a greenlight to the production with the most recent draft of the script coming from "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin. The film follows two bitter boxing rivals who are coaxed back into the ring for a grudge match 50 years after they fought for the title. It's hard to believe this is happening, but there you go. Also, there's a new cast member.
Deadline has word that Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man) is the first addition to the cast, and the stand-up comedian will be playing the fight promoter who gets these two geriatric fighters back into the ring. At least this idea sounds better than another Rocky sequel or a follow-up to Raging Bull. As I've said before, my reservations lie with director Peter Segal. The last wholly satisfying comedy he directed was Tommy Boy. Personally, I find enjoyment in My Fellow Americans and 50 First Dates (on some level), but they're far from being contemporary classics. Plus, whenever De Niro has done comedy over the past decade or so, it's been mostly disappointing. Hopefully this will be a different story and Segal can deliver something great.