'The Fighter' star Mark Wahlberg confirms 'The Fighter 2' is in the works
Mark Wahlberg made a very public official announcement at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards: he is indeed moving ahead with ‘The Fighter 2.' Will the cast and director David O. Russell also return for 'The Fighter 2?'
The Fighter was one of the best movies of 2010, and also one of most (pleasantly) surprising. Many expected a traditional sports drama biopic, but instead, quirky auteur David O. Russell delivered a darkly funny look at the life and rise of middleweight boxer “Irish” Micky Ward to the status of champion in the early 2000s.Skip to next paragraph
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However, boxing fans know that Micky’s rise to champion was only the beginning of his story – which is why Fighter star Mark Wahlberg let it be known early this past spring that The Fighter 2 was in the works.
Since that initial reveal by Wahlberg, The Fighter 2 has been gradually veering into the fast-track. First we learned that Wahlberg was pushing the project ahead, with plans to reprise his role as Ward; soon after that, we learned that David O. Russell was interested in at least writing the project (if not returning to direct).
There's a video clip from the upcoming Spike TV Guys Choice Awards, where The Fighter won an award for “Guy Movie of the Year." Taking to the stage with Russell and the real life Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale’s character), Wahlberg used the platform as an appropriate launch pad to announce The Fighter sequel:
“We left out the Aturo 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.”
Wahlberg was, of course, a producer on the first Fighter and was really the driving force for getting that movie made . If he’s making this announcement at a public event of this nature, consider The Fighter 2 all but greenlit. Hopefully it will be one of those rare sequels that is as awards-worthy - if not more so – than its predecessor (see: The Godfather II).