Stallone and De Niro set to film Grudge Match in 2013

It’s Rocky vs Raging Bull

Grudge Match, the long-anticipated boxing movie starring Sly Stallone and Robert De Niro, finally looks to be moving forward, with both stars reportedly in talks to begin shooting the film early next year.

The film would follow the story of two retired boxers coaxed out of retirement for one last fight, but despite the blood-letting pedigree of its two leading men, Warner Bros. are billing this one as a comedy.

The studio have hired Get Smart’s Peter Segal to direct, while Entourage creator Doug Ellin has been recruited to write the latest draft of the script. Where the comedy will come from in two elderly men punching each other is beyond... oh, no wait, we get it.

Stallone looks as though he could still hold his own in the ring, having polished himself into shape for the forthcoming The Expendables 2, but De Niro hasn’t been involved with an action-centric role in years. Is he still up to the challenge?

We’ll only find out for sure when the film is actually released, with Warner tentatively eyeing a 2014 opening. So LaMotta or Balboa... who’s your money on?

Who would you back in a fight out of Stallone and De Niro? Tell us, below...


    • MoodyMonkey

      May 31st 2012, 9:23

      If it was both of them in their prime (ie Rocky & Raging Bull) DeNiro would win. The man is a beast in that film. Anyway i have a feeling that Sly would bring out the best in DeNiro and vice versa (see Copland). i know its a comedy and could be yet another sleight against both their legacies but i remain hopeful. Ignore the troll above me please.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 31st 2012, 11:33

      ignore the troll...

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      May 31st 2012, 12:52

      Shut up Dalibnonce! Without being labelled a troll, this could definitely end up seriously sh*t - if nothing else because they're playing it for laughs. Yeah Stallone and De Niro in 'Copland' mode would be good - if the film played with a bit of a 'Warrior' style included, but 'Rocky vs LaMotta in their 60's' screams of desperation and something fans of either actor really don't want to see.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 31st 2012, 13:04

      Im sure it will probably be c**p but i'm just hoping there will be some quality trash talking between the two leads. i dunno just hoping this isn't another s**t stain on their legacies....

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    • SiMan

      May 31st 2012, 13:12

      Have they actually confirmed they will be playing boxers? I'd think it more likely they'll be playing opposing trainers, especially De Niro. Even if Sly does step into the ring, surely Bobby will have a different role to play.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 31st 2012, 13:27

      @SiMan good point, that actually sounds like a better idea.

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    • Hadouken76

      May 31st 2012, 14:32

      So just like Ricky Gervais then ?

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    • Ali1748

      May 31st 2012, 17:44


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    • EddieFelson

      Jun 6th 2012, 9:33

      @MoodyMonkey, LaMotta was a middleweight and Ballboa was a heavyweight although I prefer Raging Bull LaMotta would get destroyed!

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    • alexr

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:59

      I think it would be really funny if they knock each other out in the final round. Wouldn't that be a great twist ending...oh, wait..........

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    • mickeylogan

      Jul 9th 2012, 18:16

      Anyone who doubts that DeNiro is in shape for this needs to see Being Flynn.

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