Considering the rave reviews, the $100 million at the box office, and the amount of awards The Fighter won, it’s no surprise there is talk of a sequel already. Mark Wahlberg told Entertainment Weekly’s Inside Movies, “I weigh about 185. But itâ€™s still solid. Ready to throw down. I got bit by the bug, and now I’m trying to plant the idea in everyone’s head that we should do — not five or six Fighter’s like Rocky — but one more because the big thing that Micky Ward was famous for was his three epic battles with Arturo Gatti. So we’re talking about possibly taking one more run at it.”
Considering the first film left out the fights between Mickey and Gatti, and the ultimate friendship that resulted, a sequel would be a good chance to tell the story. There is no word weather Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, or Amy Adams are also on board for the sequel. Wahlberg seems optimistic though, “Yeah. Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can’t imagine they wouldn’t want to go back. But it’s still kind of the early stages.”
What about the characters Wahlberg and Bale will be playing, Mickey and Dickey Ward? Wahlberg says, “Theyâ€™re both thrilled by the possibility. I just keep getting the phone callsâ€¦From Mickyâ€¦saying ‘Make sure you get it done.’”
What do you think of the possibility of The Fighter 2? Are you looking forward to it? Or do you think they should leave Oscar-winning movies alone?