Peter Segal Directing Geriatric Boxing Comedy 'Grudge Match'

October 26, 2010
Source: Deadline

Peter Segal

Later this year audiences will be privy to some drama inside the boxing ring with David O. Russell's highly anticipated The Fighter. However, it looks like some laughs will be thrown along with punches as Deadline reports director Peter Segal (Get Smart, Tommy Boy) will helm Grudge Match, a boxing comedy from writer Tim Kelleher. This sounds like Grumpy Old Men meets Rocky with a story about two bitter boxing rivals who are coaxed back into the ring for a grudge match 50 years after they last fought for the title. A wild casting rumor recently popped up, but we held off spreading it. Keep reading to find out who might face-off in this comedy.

Production Weekly mentioned via Twitter that Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) may be the aged boxers to throw punches in Grudge Match. Though the cast seems a bit obvious and a bit of a pipe dream, the prospect of Jake La Motta vs. Rocky Balboa is quite enticing. As of now this is only a rumor, and there are plenty of veteran actors who could step into the ring. Deadline likes the idea of Morgan Freeman facing of against Jack Nicholson in a complete contrast to their turn in The Bucket List. However, since the characters are said to be in their 60's, how about Harrison Ford vs. Tommy Lee Jones to call back to The Fugitive? That's my two cents. Who do you want to see in Grudge Match?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Aside from that farfetched Rocky and Raging Bull match-up, this sounds wicked great. Harrison Ford vs. Tommy Lee Jones would be sick. Robert De Niro vs. Al Pacino would be a masterpiece.

Cracky on Oct 26, 2010


Clint Eastwood vs Gene Hackman

Moviequill on Oct 26, 2010


I say Jeff Bridges versus Robin Williams!lol!!

jah p on Oct 26, 2010


Or better yet, Jeff Bridges vs Bill Murray, now that would be a masterpiece!

jah p on Oct 26, 2010


Neither Nicholson nor Freeman would be able to get in shape for that, sadly. Jack's got bigger boobs than Katie Price these days. So Stallone and De Niro are the obvious choices, partly because they're fighting fit, but mostly because of their iconic boxing roles in the past. I'd love to see Ford vs Jones though!

Mathieu on Oct 26, 2010


how about jessica alba vs angelina in jello !!!!

tony on Oct 26, 2010


Ben Gazzara vs Peter Falk

J on Oct 27, 2010

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