Eminem will not be making another movie anytime soon. He was supposed to do a boxing movie this year but it had to be placed on hold as the rapper wants to focus on his music right now. The movie project applied for an $8.9 million in Michigan film incentives. But the application was withdrawn because of the recent events.
Southpaw is about a welterweight boxer who wants to improve his life and career. The production filed for incentives in the first quarter of 2012 as the Untitled MGM Project. In its filing, it estimated that it would spend $30.7 million in the state.
The incentive was withdrawn due to a talent issue. This is according to the Michigan Film Office, which has released the minutes of a March public meeting. According to Eminem’s management, the rapper wants to focus on his music. This is the reason why the project has been put on hold for the time being.
Southpaw has been described in the application as a movie that takes place in Detroit and other surrounding areas. It would employ more than 200 crew members and at least 9,000 extras. It has Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, and Stuart Parr, co-producer of the 2002 Eminem movie 8 Mile, Alan Riche and Peter Riche as producers.
The production said that the delay in the filming of the movie doesn’t mean that Detroit would not be the location once it starts shooting. Once the movie is made, a huge portion of the movie will be shot in Michigan.
Southpaw has been problematic since its conception. Dreamworks used to have the rights for the project but it was placed on hold in August. Then MGM said it would make the movie and will be distributed by Sony Pictures. It will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter.