'Southpaw' on hold as Eminem focuses on music
May 10th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

'Southpaw' on hold as Eminem focuses on music

Eminem has decided to press pause on the boxing movie he was working on, at least for now.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the rapper has decided to postpone production on the film, possibly to work on music instead.

As we mentioned last year, the “8 Mile” actor had announced he’d star in “Southpaw,” which follows a welterweight boxer battling to get his life and career back on track.

To that end, he'd sought film incentives in Michigan for the first quarter of 2012 via what was billed as the “Untitled MGM Project.” But the financial application has since been withdrawn, with the cited reason being a “talent issue,” the Free Press reports.

Eminem's reps have confirmed the decision came from Slim Shady himself.

“He’s focusing on his music right now, so while he’s doing that, while he’s in that space, he wanted to put this on hold for the time being,” his rep said.

“Southpaw” is expected to be shot in Detroit and its immediate suburbs. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is expected to employ more than 200 crew members and more than 9,000 extras when it gets rolling.

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  1. Hay Terr

    @ask & duh: you have got to be kidding! cRap is not rocket science, it's just talking. eminem took the bad luck of being the only white kid around and still rose to the top. lil wayne is just a punk who can't even talk right (plus he's a friend of justin beiber)

    May 11, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. duh

    em has the most complex rhyme schemes out there
    "told mya it was all about mia, gave alyssa milano syphilis mono & gonorrhea then brandy and monica walked in and caught me fkn aaliyah"
    lil wayne could never come up with something that technically proficient

    May 11, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. M & M

    Besides Tupac...Eminem is the best rapper ever. Most of todays cRappers suk donkey yang and swallow the spunk. Their ryhmes are so lame and unoriginal. Just a bunch of low life ghetto thugs who would steal from their own mother...Im just keeping it real you cRappers...

    May 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin...

      if Eminem is focusing on music, it would be the first time. Maybe he took some lessons and learned how to play an instrument instead of just talking over some computer-generated beats. I give him credit for beating the Blak dudes at their own game, but now it's time to move up to the real stuff. Word to your Mutha.

      May 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ask


      May 11, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. heybedda

    Reblogged this on HeyBeDDa.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |

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