Director David O. Russell Could Write The Fighter Sequel
03.23.11 by Ryan
Mark Wahlberg mentioned a possible sequel to boxing biopic The Fighter prior to the Academy Award ceremony that won Christian Bale and Melissa Leo Oscars for their performances. A couple weeks later, Wahlberg again spoke of the sequel, which would follow welterweight fighter "Irish" Micky Ward's three fights with Arturo Gatti from 2002-2003, and said that, while the sequel was in "the early stages" he couldn't "imagine [everybody] wouldn’t want to go back." Count director David O. Russell among those ready to return.
Russell recently told MTV that he thought the idea of a sequel was "awesome."
I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff. I would do it whenever anyone says they're ready. I'm ready to write it.
Russell did not write the screenplay for The Fighter, instead Scott Silver, Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy and Keith Dorrington all took turns writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay. For the Fighter sequel, Russell would be a part of the writing process. "I would definitely want to be involved in that," said Russell, who typically scripts his own movies.
Russell says a sequel would only involve more of Ward's family.
I think Micky's story has a lot of heart whichever way you cut it. You'd go towards the Gatti fights and you could go into the history of the family more. I really like the sisters.
Leo and Bale won Academy Awards for portraying Ward's mother and brother, respectively. Whether they would return for a sequel is unknown, though Russell and Wahlberg are already reuniting on the video game adaptation of Uncharted.