head
head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
News   •   Features   •   Reviews   •   Podcasts   •   Contests   •   Contact Us   •   About Us
‘Raging Bull’ Sequel In The Works; Casting Underway
Stoogeypedia   |  

Raging Bull

A few websites around the cyber universe are abuzz with some of the most eye-opening and ultimately distressing news to fans of Raging Bull, the 1980 biopic directed by Martin Scorsese which told of the life of ex-middleweight boxer and champion Jake LaMotta. MovieHole is reporting that a prequel/sequel hybrid film is going to start production this summer, starring William Forsythe (Dick Tracy, Gotti, Boardwalk Empire) as LaMotta, who will try to fill the enormous shoes of playing the role that was made famous by Robert DeNiro in the original film.

Casting is currently underway for the new film, based on a book by the real LaMotta entitled Raging Bull II: The Continuing Story of Jake LaMotta. This new installment will show the pre and post career of LaMotta, bookending the original film. Forsythe plays the older LaMotta; who will be playing the younger LaMotta remains to be seen.

An Argentinean director by the name Martin Guigui, who directed a film called Beneath the Darkness which starred Dennis Quaid and was released last year and quickly found its way to the direct to video graveyard, takes the directorial reins. If Forsythe has the large shoes to fill trying to do his best DeNiro paces in this new production, then Guigui’s shoes are going to stretch from here to China, as he now is in the director’s chair once occupied by one Martin Scorsese.

The original film is renowned as not only being one of the greatest boxing films ever made, but one of cinema’s greatest films of all time as well. It elevated the boxing film itself, which had previously utilized the basic formula of a down on his luck palooka who makes good at the end in the ring, ala William Holden in Golden Boy, Paul Newman in Somebody Up There Likes Me, and of course, Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Raging Bull turns the genre inside out. The character of Jake LaMotta, as portrayed by DeNiro, is an unapologetic abusive lout who wasn’t a sympathetic character in any shape or form; who used the ring to exorcise the demons and guilt he felt and cultivated by how he so shabbily and cruelly treated his friends and family outside the ring. The fact that such a grim, intense story of such a grim, intense man in LaMotta was pulled off so successfully in the original film, is a testament to the skills of DeNiro, Scorsese, and screenwriters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin. The original film won an Oscar for DeNiro for Best Actor and one for Thelma Schoonmaker’s superb editing as well, which also had a hand in revolutionizing the boxing film genre as evidenced by the jarring, violent surreal scenes of LaMotta when he was inside the ring. Filmed in black and white to boot, Raging Bull remains one of the top shelf cinematic productions of all time.

William ForsytheNow, however, there’s this “sequel/prequel” in the works, which although will probably not water down the effect of the original film per se, might add a ridiculous footnote to it nonetheless with an upcoming new movie. The herculean task for all involved in the upcoming production has certainly raised eyebrows from critics and fans alike. This is kind of akin to making a sequel to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver as directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight film. Or if the late John Hughes, best remembered for his 1980s teen comedies, was directing Hamlet. In fact, just the mere mention of an undertaking of a project like this makes one speechless; this news is almost as if it’s fallout from all the hoaxes perpetrated on all of us entertainment fans since April Fool’s Day. Stay tuned for further developments about THIS one folks…

[Source: MovieHole via JoBlo]

Topics: Movies, News, Sequels
Previous Article
Next Article
«
»
Around the Web
Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr
Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed
Google
Amazon.com
Check out all of our current contests listings
Check out all of our current contests listings
space
space
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Skull-Face Island Movie Podcast
BlendoveR
Get Geeks of Doom Gear on CafePress
BlendoveR   ·   Cinema Blend   ·   Collider   ·   Film School Rejects   ·   First Showing   ·   io9   ·   Latino Review   ·   Screen Rant   ·   Slashfilm   ·   The Mary Sue
2520 Clothing Company
Animated  ·  Apps  ·  Art  ·  Best-Sellers  ·  Bits of Doom  ·  Blog  ·  Blu-ray  ·  Book of Geek  ·  Books  ·  Cartoons  ·  Celebrity  ·  Charity  ·  Collectibles  ·  Comics  ·  Computers  ·  Contests  ·  Conventions  ·  Deals  ·  DIY  ·  Documentary  ·  Doom Deliveries  ·  DVDs  ·  Electronics  ·  Environment  ·  Fanatic  ·  Features  ·  Gadgets  ·  Games  ·  Gear  ·  Geek Finds  ·  Geek Girls  ·  Gift Guide  ·  Holidays  ·  Humor  ·  Interviews  ·  Movies  ·  Music  ·  News  ·  News Bytes  ·  Obit  ·  Photos  ·  Podcasts  ·  Politics  ·  Poll  ·  Press Releases  ·  Recaps  ·  Reviews  ·  Rumors  ·  Science  ·  Software  ·  Sports  ·  Technology  ·  Television  ·  Theater  ·  Theme Parks  ·  Trailers  ·  Travel  ·  Video Games  ·  Videos  ·  Web Games  ·  Week of Geek  ·  Zombie Round-Up
space
January 2014  ·   December 2013  ·   November 2013  ·   October 2013  ·   September 2013  ·   August 2013  ·   July 2013  ·   June 2013  ·   May 2013  ·   April 2013  ·   March 2013  ·   February 2013  ·   January 2013  ·   December 2012  ·   November 2012  ·   October 2012  ·   September 2012  ·   August 2012  ·   July 2012  ·   June 2012  ·   May 2012  ·   April 2012  ·   March 2012  ·   February 2012  ·   January 2012  ·   December 2011  ·   November 2011  ·   October 2011  ·   September 2011  ·   August 2011  ·   July 2011  ·   June 2011  ·   May 2011  ·   April 2011  ·   March 2011  ·   February 2011  ·   January 2011  ·   December 2010  ·   November 2010  ·   Octber 2010  ·   September 2010  ·   August 2010  ·   July 2010  ·   June 2010  ·   May 2010  ·   April 2010  ·   March 2010  ·   February 2010  ·   January 2010  ·   December 2009  ·   November 2009  ·   Octber 2009  ·   September 2009  ·   August 2009  ·   July 2009  ·   June 2009  ·   May 2009  ·   April 2009  ·   March 2009  ·   February 2009  ·   January 2009  ·   December 2008  ·   November 2008  ·   Octber 2008  ·   September 2008  ·   August 2008  ·   July 2008  ·   June 2008  ·   May 2008  ·   April 2008  ·   March 2008  ·   February 2008  ·   January 2008  ·   December 2007  ·   November 2007  ·   Octber 2007  ·   September 2007  ·   August 2007  ·   July 2007  ·   June 2007  ·   May 2007  ·   April 2007  ·   March 2007  ·   February 2007  ·   January 2007  ·   December 2006  ·   November 2006  ·   Octber 2006  ·   September 2006  ·   August 2006  ·   July 2006  ·   June 2006  ·   May 2006  ·   April 2006  ·   March 2006
space
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
space
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2014 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted

Privacy Policy | Contact
space
space