Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Raging MGM Sues Jake LaMotta and Makers of Bull Sequel
When asked what He thought about the proposed sequel to Raging Bull, Marty told GQ's Logan Hill, "I have no idea. That's the second time I've heard it. The Argentinian director?
Hill assured Marty that Raging Bull II would indeed be signed by Martin Guigui, the auteur behind National Lampoon's Cattle Call.
I can see the fuzzy caterpillar above Marty's left eye elevate slightly as Ambassador Scorsese smiles and replies, "Really?"
The prospect of directing a sequel never crossed His mind. "I don't think I could revisit the material, as they say," He said. "I think we said what we had to say at that time. All of us moved on. Different aspects of the same story basically keep making the rounds. You know? I really don't know what Raging Bull II would be."
An insult without Marty at the helm and screenwriters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin layering in a few dozen "f-cks". They'd have to recast the leads: Joe Pesci is in semi-retirement on a New Jersey golf course and DeNiro can rake in more money on another Fockers sequel than this black-and-white stronzo.
The gloves are off! MGM, the studio that produced Raging Bull (and did nothing to promote the film when it was released in 1980), filed a complaint Tuesday against 91-year-old LaMotta, as well as the production company behind the sequel.
Raging Bull II is currently filming in L.A. William Forsythe (who appears on His Boardwalk Empire), stars as old Jake and Mojean Aria plays him as a scrapping young man. Cloris Leachman, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantagne, Tom Sizemore, and Paul Sorvina are also set to star.
The studio claims that the boxer was contractually obligated to offer them first look at his follow-up book, Raging Bull II (1986). LaMotta -- who Scorsese clearly depicted as a man with a head made of rock -- had no right to take his business elsewhere without first offering the film rights to MGM.
In its complaint, MGM accused Raging Bull II producers of “publicly associating" their sequel with Marty's original. The studio asks that the court call the fight in the first round by putting a halt to production.
MGM claims that the sequel “is plainly intended to create confusion in the marketplace and to trade off the value” of His original. The difference between a Scorsese and a Guigui? Really? That would be easier than a blind taste-test between Mama Catherine's homemade spaghetti gravy and a jar of Ragu!
[ Source: Deadline Hollywood ]
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