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MGM sues to knock out 'Raging Bull' sequel and Jake LaMotta
Former boxing champ Jake LaMotta is ready to fight one last bout.
MGM is suing the boxer and the producers of the belated sequel "Raging Bull 2," saying in a 7-page complaint that the 91-year old champ and RB II Productions don't have the rights to a sequel. They're asking the wants courts to halt the production on the film, currently shooting in L.A., reports Deadline.com.
MGM produced the 1980 original, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as the problematic pugilist. He won an Oscar for his legendary performance for which he gained more than 30 pounds to play LaMotta in his declining years. The black and white film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, and co-starred Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty.
"Raging Bull 2" stars a plethora a b-listers and characters actors including Paul Sorvino, Joe Mantegna, Natasha Henstridge, Ray Wise, Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore. William Forsythe plays an older version of the champ, while newcomer Mojean Aria plays LaMotta in his fighting days.
It's being written and directed by Martin Guigui, best known for directing "National Lampoon Presents: Cattle Call" and 1999's "My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception," starring Deborah Gibson and Dom DeLuise.