Making a good movie sequel is tough. Making a good movie sequel to a classic, well loved movie is really tough. Which is why Martin Guiui’s The Bronx Bull is not a sequel to Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winning Raging Bull. Not legally, that is.
The 1980 original, which saw Robert De Niro earn an Oscar for Best Lead Actor, detailed the rise and fall of ex-middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta, and was based on his memoir Raging Bull: My Story”. Part of the agreement between LaMotta, the memoir’s author and the film’s producers legally allowed for a sequel to be made, but MGM – who released the original film – were not too happy about it. They sued Guigui on the grounds that his Raging Bull II – which would now tell of events before and after Raging Bull, and starred William Forsythe and Morjean Aria as the respective older and young versions of Lamotta – would “tarnish” the reputation of the original. So Guigui simply changed the name to The Bronx Bull and rope-a-doped his way around a whole lot of legal issues.
But based on this first trailer for the film though, I don’t think the folks at MGM were too far off with that whole “tarnish” thing. This certainly doesn’t look to be the worst movie you’ll ever see, but this definitely doesn’t look like a knockout either.
A combination “before the rage” and “after the rage” of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta’s tumultuous life and times.
The Bronx Bull also stars Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise, Harry Hamlin and Paul Sorvino. The movie doesn’t have a release date yet.
Last Updated: June 25, 2014