Movie studio MGM has resolved a legal dispute with former boxer Jake LaMotta and the producers of a movie often dubbed 'Raging Bull II'.
Yesterday (August 1), the studio and the film's producer Dahlia Waingort issued a statement announcing the good news and revealing 'The Bronx Bull' as the new title for the planned movie.
Both parties said in a joint 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."
At the start of July, MGM filed a complaint, claiming breach of contract. They wanted the court to halt the production of the movie which was being shot in Los Angeles.
According to Aceshowbiz, MGM wanted to "make sure the indie movie never sees the light of day." In its complaint, MGM asserted that LaMotta didn't have the right to allow 'The Bronx Bull' producers the rights to his 1986 sequel book without first offering it to MGM.
The studio were also unhappy as they thought that the producers were "publicly associating the Sequel Picture" with the original 1980 Martin Scorsese-directed movie.
Scorsese and 1980 movie 'Raging Bull', starring Robert De Niro, are widely regarded as one of the best films ever made, as it charted the unstable life of La Motta, a tough boxer who relied on brute strength. His tough nature did however cause him problems in his personal life, which never matched the glory of his professional career.
The new movie will star William Forsythe as LaMotta, with Joe Mantenga and Paul Sorvino also involved. It is directed by Martin Guigui.
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