Before the much-hyped script for "Prisoners" by Aaron Guzikowski started generating buzz on the Left Coast, Dorchester homeboy Mark Wahlberg was planning to make a homecoming with the on-and-off again Darren Aronofsky flick chronicling the early days of Boston boxer “Irish” Micky Ward called “The Fighter.”
According to Variety here, "The Fighter" is back in the ring ... but with a different director. Christian Bale and director David O. Russell are in negotiations to go a few rounds with Wahlberg with production greenlit for July.
Relativity Media has stepped up to finance the film and Paramount Pictures plans to distribute domestically.
Wahlberg is slotted to play Ward and Bale is up to play the boxer's half-brother Dickie Eklund, who ends up in the slammer after a drug-fueled robbery spree.
This is the second set-in-Boston film that has paired Wahlberg and "The Dark Knight." Bale is reportedly in negotiations to star alongside Dorchester native in "Prisoners," a flick centering around a Boston father whose 6-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped.
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