Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro Could Go Head to Head in ‘Grudge Match’
When you think about the most famous cinematic boxers, Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky Balboa and Robert De Niro‘s Jake La Motta have to be at the top of that list. So it makes sense that Warner Brothers would be going after the duo for the boxing comedy ‘Grudge Match.
The film is at Warner Brothers, with Peter Segal (recently of ‘Get Smart’ and ‘The Longest Yard’ remake) attached to direct, according to The Wrap. The premise is that both are retired boxers lured back to the ring for one last fight. Old guys punching each other, hope their hips are okay. Currently Doug Ellin (the mind behind ‘Entourage’) is doing some re-writes.
When De Niro did ‘Analyze This’ lo those many years ago it had a fun zing of the man spoofing his tough guy image. Who knew that he would keep doing it for over a decade? This sounds dumb, but Sylvester Stallone can be funny when he’s not trying too hard, so this might be a good film to watch on cable if/when it gets made. It can’t be as bad as when De Niro starred with Eddie Murphy in ‘Showtime,’ right?
That said, who else could play an old boxer? If De Niro or Stallone don’t work out, maybe they could go to Carl Weathers or Dolph Lungren.