Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Bronx or Raging, LaMotta Sequel Sounds Like Bull
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will drop its lawsuit against a planned sequel to Raging Bull if the film's producers agree to publicly disassociate themselves from Marty's masterpiece.
All of this amounts to little more than the mamalukes at Metro, the studio that produced RB, helping to spread the word about a so-called rival production. Were it not for this lawsuit, the only stugatz on the planet that would be talking about it is me.
C'mon, Metro, why the frivolous lawsuit? No one from the original production short of that cazzo bue Jake LaMotta wants anything to do with a sequel. You don't see Him kicking down Metro's doors begging for a chance to fall back on His laurels. Marty would sooner produce a remake of a J. Lee Thompson film for His subordinato Spielberg.
Wait...He already did that.
Do you really think that Robert DeNiro would reprise his Oscar-winning role? With Catherine Scorsese gone (God rest her soul), who would cook the pasta needed to properly pack on the pounds? Besides, Bobby has Fockers sequels and cameos in Garry Marshall turds to help advance his reputation as the greatest actor of his generation.
Then again, if there were enough zeros on the check, you know the puttana avida DeNiro would thrown on a pair of Everlast boxing shorts faster than he could say, "Did Salvi fuck Vickie?"
It's being directed by Martin Guigui.
All together now: "Who?"
What's the matter? Haven't any of you see Guigui's previous gift, National Lampoon's Cattle Call?
The studio probably fears it will turn out to be another Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a sequel that far outclasses its predecessor.
The film will now be called The Bronx Bull, which was the boxer's nickname.
MGM and Sunset Pictures producer Dahlia Waingort have issued the following statement: “The parties have amicably reached a resolution of their pending litigation, pursuant to which production of a film based upon certain events in the life of Jake LaMotta will proceed under the working title The Bronx Bull. That film is not related in any way to the 1980 motion picture entitled Raging Bull, and MGM is not associated with the film in any respect. Neither party will have any further statements regarding this matter.”
Marty could not be reached for comment. I tried, really I did.