For what it's worth, those who have seen director Martin Scorsese's 1980 Oscar-winning classic, Raging Bull, are about to get an unofficial follow-up from director Martin Guigui titled The Bronx Bull, based on the events of co-author and former boxer Jake LaMotta. The film took a while to come through as producers were forced to dissociate the new film from the first movie with said title upon settling all legal differences in court with MGM, who own the rights to first refusal for a sequel, after the studio filed a detailed lawsuit nearly two years ago to stop the film from happening under its previous title, Raging Bull 2.
Based on the tumultuous real-life experiences of legendary boxing champion Jake LaMotta, “The Bronx Bull” is a dramatic and stylized biopic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Chronicling LaMotta’s violent childhood, to his rise as a world-class boxer, through his life after leaving the ring, “The Bronx Bull” offers an unflinchingly honest look into the heart of a champion. Veteran character actor William Forsythe (“The Rock,” “Boardwalk Empire”) stars as the enigmatic fighter, while Paul Sorvino (“Goodfellas”) plays his father. Also starring Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Penelope Ann Miller (“The Artist”), Natasha Henstridge (“Species”), and Ray Wise (“Robocop”).