Move over, Sylvester Stallone. There's a new Rocky in town, except this Balboa isn't a lip-curled, meat-beating, fictional snarler -- he's the real-life source behind it all. MTV recently chatted with Liev Schreiber who says he's prepping a biopic on Chuck Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder. There's no timetable in place yet, but the actor did say that Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil in Daniel Johnston) will direct it.
Sylvester Stallone once talked about how he'd realized the only way he could prove himself was to write his own role in his own script. With no idea exactly what direction he'd go, he headed to the Muhammed Ali v. Chuck Wepner fight in 1974. While Ali remained the victor, Wepner lasted an impressive 15 rounds with the icon before being bloodied and beaten. "Wepner, a battling, bruising club fighter who had never made the big time, was having his shot," Stallone said. Rocky Balboa was born.
It's not the epic win sort of story, but a more gritty, real-life tale. And while not a prevalent face in the boxing world, Wepner did battle a lot of famous men over the years, from George Foreman and Sonny Liston to Andre the Giant in later years. Talk about a perfect project for Schreiber, who has got the toughness, but really thrives with deeper roles. What do you think? Are you ready for Wepner?