EXCLUSIVE: David O. Russell Eyeing Writing Duties For ‘Fighter’ Sequel

Mark Wahlberg has said that if and when a “Fighter” sequel actually takes off, he expects the entire cast to return, including Christian Bale in his Oscar-winning role of Dicky Eklund. “Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can’t imagine they wouldn’t want to go back,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

The same, it seems, can be said of director David O. Russell. In a recent conversation with MTV News, while promoting the DVD release of “The Fighter,” Russell said that not only is he interested in working on the sequel but that he wants to take a crack at penning the script.

“I think that would be awesome,” the director said of the possibility of a sequel. “I just love those characters and I think we could do a lot of fun and interesting stuff.”

He added that the project is “in its infancy” but that, despite all the projects he’s got lined up — such as an adaptation of the video game franchise, “Uncharted” — he’s eager to get back into the world of boxing and Lowell, Massachusetts.

“I would do it whenever anyone says they’re ready,” Russell said. “I’m ready to write it.”

We followed up on this last point, asking if that meant he wanted to take on screenwriting duties.

“I would definitely want to be involved in that,” he replied.

“The Fighter” marked the first time Russell directed a feature that he also didn’t write, so it’s no surprise that he’d want a crack at a sequel script. In terms of a storyline, Russell’s thinking is very much in line with what Wahlberg has had to say in terms of exploring Micky Ward’s three fights with Arturo Gatti from 2002 to 2003.

“I think Micky’s story has a lot of heart whichever way you cut it,” Russell told us. “You’d go towards the Gatti fights and you could go into the history of the family more. I really like the sisters.”

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