A 'Raging Bull' Sequel is Real and Ready to Sucker Punch Audiences
We joke and complain all the time about unnecessary sequels, and while some of our while some of our whining is just that, this time we feel completely justified in shaking our heads at Hollywood. Though Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull was a perfect stand alone drama following Robert De Niro as real-life, troubled boxer Jake LaMotta, a follow-up, that is apparently both a sequel and a prequel, is heading into production. Based on Chris Anderson's aptly titled book Raging Bull II, the film will see William Forsythe ("Boardwalke Empire") fitting into the gloves once filled so spectacular by De Niro back in 1980.
According to some casting breakdowns from Moviehole (check out details on plenty of characters over there), the film will chronicle some of LaMotta's days as a teenager and also years following his boxing career. While Forsythe is no De Niro, the guy has been in tons of films, and does have some real talent. He even shared the screen with De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America and also inherited another role from the actor as he played Al Capone in the TV spin-off of The Untouchables from the 90's.
But the real concern comes in the form of the film's director Martin Guigui, whose previous work includes gems like National Lampoon's Cattle Call and the thriller Beneath The Darkness starring Dennis Quaid. Yeah, we hadn't heard of either of those films until now. Either way, the film is looking to shoot later this summer whether we like it or not. Feel free to rage on in the comments below!
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
You scared me there with the inclusion of Sucker Punch in the headline. Nevertheless, this feels useless... for me at least. This is the Hollywood trend; hope it ends soon. Love Martin Scorsese's film, classic.
Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 5, 2012
I still haven't seen Raging Bull, but its definitely on the To-Watch list. This is just another attempt at cashing in on a name product. Why they would give it to this guy is beyond me. However, I do love Forsythe, he's a solid actor. I don't expect this to really do anything.
grimjob on Apr 5, 2012
This is one terrible, terrible idea and just knowing how awful Martin Guigui past works are (I've recently watched Beneath the Darkness) , worries me even more.
Gabriel O. Maldonado on Apr 5, 2012
Shut the front door! Someone stop this now. This is stupid.
Quanah on Apr 5, 2012
April Fool's Day was four days ago.
Michael Rennie on Apr 5, 2012
Davide Coppola on Apr 5, 2012
I thought his life might have been pretty miserable after boxing, but it seems he's actually done alright. I would have zero interest in watching a film about the man though.
Crapola on Apr 5, 2012
Has either Scorsese or De Niro weighed in yet with their opinions on the matter? Just wondering what they think of this. Me? I think it's just more unoriginal crap from people who are looking for easy money on the backs of something that was great.
Thexn on Apr 5, 2012
Why do they have to ruin everything?
Scrihfield1 on Apr 5, 2012
The Godfather Part 4, coming 2016.
happy camper on Apr 5, 2012
Guigui? Thats a real last name? :l
LosZombies on Apr 5, 2012
Too bad Blockbuster Video stores shut down because this would be a perfect addition to their clearance bin.
norm on Apr 6, 2012
William Forsythe? Congratz, a great role for him.
David Banner on Apr 6, 2012
NO!!!! Please No!!! Don't do this!!!
jah p on Apr 6, 2012
Forsythe is an incredible actor who never fails to impress. However, this film is about as pointless as Carlito's Way: Rise to Power.
Ron Rose on Apr 8, 2012
Starring Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum.
Max Renn on Apr 8, 2012
Why even write a story on this at all? This is obviously a "B" movie. No theatrical release. Nothing. It's gonna just appear on video one day. Although this article is true in every way, totally unnecessary because B movie sequels are made every other weak. This is no different then Transmorphers
Poobyo on Apr 9, 2012
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