This weekend, Matt Damon revealed that he and his The Departed co-star Mark Wahlberg are planning a film about two real-life fighters from Massachusetts.
Now, Variety has more details on the project. The trade says the Paramount project, titled The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world lightweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
“House” executive producer Paul Attanasio is working on a rewrite of a draft by Lewis Collick that will be completed within two weeks. If they like the script, Wahlberg and Damon will commit, and each will make The Fighter his next film.
Shooting will begin in early summer in Massachusetts.