Mark Wahlberg talks up 'Fighter' sequel again: Good idea?

While accepting the Spike TV Award for Guy Movie of the Year, The Fighter‘s star and godfather Mark Wahlberg reiterated his intention to take “one more run” at the Micky Ward saga with another film. In a NSFW acceptance speech, Wahlberg reminded fans that Ward’s greatest moments in the ring — his epic trilogy with the late Arturo Gatti — weren’t included in the initial film, which nevertheless earned Oscars for co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. “We left [those] fights out for a reason,” he said, “because that’s for Fighter 2. We’re not going to do Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but we’re going to do 2.” Watch his speech, which will air on Spike on June 10, after the jump.

The Fighter was a surprise box-office hit, earning more than $129 million worldwide, so talk of a sequel is at least warranted. But there are as many reasons not to make another Fighter as there are to do so. Pro: The template for turning the original Rocky into a franchise was just as untested, and that series ultimately grossed more than half a billion dollars. Con: Does Wahlberg really want to turn this character into his career? Pro: If you can’t build a solid movie around the Gatti-Ward bloodbaths, you shouldn’t be in the movie business. Con: The Fighter wasn’t about Micky Ward the Boxer. It was about the Ward family, and that story was resolved in the first film. Pro: If he’s ever going to make a sequel about Ward, Wahlberg has to do it soon while he’s still in his physical prime. Con: Are you willing to settle for a sequel without Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, or Amy Adams, three eclectic artists who could decide against it?

How do you feel about The Fighter 2? Would you pay to see it?


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  • harry

    do it Mark Do it!!!!

  • carrie

    my ma

  • carrie

    my main trouble is that THE FIGHTER is about Ward family and the part on the boxing is less interesting

  • Rob

    Do it those fights against Gatti are classic, literally punch for punch and neither one wanted to give up.

  • harry

    as a boxing fan I think this is a good idea because this will bring attention to the sport.

  • Al

    I was a little disappointed that they left off the story before the Gatti fights. They could turn that into a great story.

  • Robeson

    Why would I want to see this movie when I can simply watch the original trilogy, which actually featured REAL boxing?!

  • Elijah Sarkesian

    I think he can make another movie with the character without it being “The Fighter 2″ – just let it be another movie with the same character.

  • m1

    I’m sort of “meh” on this idea, but I voted “yes” anyway because I loved The Fighter.

  • tomm

    Too many g-dammed sequels!

    • stu

      Ditto!

  • jay-d

    No! Leave it be! Next thing you know this will become another Rocky with pointless sequels.

  • Nee Nee

    It’s based on a true story. No sequel needed. The original wrapped everything up quite nicely, I’m good without a follow-up.

  • Angela

    I’m not sold, mostly because what made The Fighter work so well was that it really wasn’t about the boxing; it was about his relationships and family, conflicts that were resolved. So, I’d rather not see a sequel, but if it does happen, I hope it’s good so it doesn’t ruin the first one. Just, whatever you do, don’t call it The Fighter 2.

  • steppy412

    I think that Bales, Adams & Leo would do it. They owe their awards to Wahlberg.

  • steppy412

    I think that Bales, Adams & Leo would do it. They owe their awards to Mark Wahlberg.

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