Mark Wahlberg Still Confident About a Fighter Sequel
06.11.11 by Ryan
Since before this year's Academy Awards ceremony that brought Oscars to The Fighter actors Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, actor-producer Mark Wahlberg was discussing a possible sequel to the boxing drama. While accepting the award for Guy Movie of the Year at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards (via WorstPreviews), Wahlberg again spoke confidently about the sequel.
We left out the Arturo Gatti fights for a reason, because that's for Fighter 2. We're not going to do Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, but we're gonna do 2. We're gonna do the Ward/Gatti trilogy.
In March, Wahlberg revealed that he couldn't "imagine [everybody] wouldn’t want to go back" for a sequel, which he says is only in "the early stages" of development.
A week later, director David O. Russell said he thought the idea was "awesome" and mentioned he "definitely want to be involved" in writing the screenplay for the sequel. Then again, Russell has made a habit of dropping out of projects of late.
The trilogy of fights between Gatti and welterweight fighter "Irish" Micky Ward took place from 2002-2003, and are probably the fights Ward is most remembered for.