Raging Bull II To Start Production This Summer

Robert De Niro Raging Bull trailer screenshot
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It's not uncommon for us to hear about sequels coming years after the original was released. Hell, just this week we have American Reunion coming out, which is the first direct sequel in nine years, but there's also movies like Tron Legacy, Clerks II, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and even the upcoming Prometheus (which is technically a prequel). Sometimes the move is understandable, and sometimes it has us going "what the hell?" This is one of those times that lands in the latter category.

According to MovieHole, Raging Bull II, a sequel to the Martin Scorsese 1980 Oscar-winning classic, is in its casting phase and will be going into production this summer. Based on the book by Chris Anderson, Sharon McGehee and Jake LaMotta, the film is being directed by Martin Guigui and will star William Forsythe as LaMotta, the character portrayed by Robert De Niro in the original. What's funny about this casting is that Forsythe played Al Capone in the early 90s television spinoff of The Untouchables, so this will be the second time that the actor has stepped into De Niro's shoes. The two also worked together in Once Upon a Time in America. Production is aiming to start in June and you can head over to the source to see some of the casting calls.

I'm not really sure why this project exists. Is there someone out there who is really thinking to themselves, "Man, I'd love to see a sequel to Raging Bull"? It doesn't make any sense.

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