There is a quiet consensus among the film community that Raging Bull 2 will be the artistic equivalent of re-producing a Picasso using only a dog turd and a raft of epilepsy medication.
So it comes as no surprise that MGM Studios is now taking legal action against the bumbling gaggle of talentless hacks, who are currently fumbling around wearing boxing mitts while trying in vain to operate cameras.
While this sequel/prequel is actually based on a 1986 book about Jake LaMotta, and not the 1970 memoir as first thought, the studio still believes they have a case.
Apparently, LaMotta agreed to give MGM first refusal on a sequel back in the 1970s when the original deal was done. What MGM did not bank on was La Motta still being a penniless has-been with serious anger management problems 30 years later.
Another, more pertinent reason for the legal action, is that the new film is unlawfully using the good name of the Oscar-winning original to gain publicity.
According to Deadline, MGM want to be “awarded in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants and to deter those who would commit or knowingly seek to profit from similar actions, now or in the future”.
Although it pains me to say it, this latest development does resonate with the pungent smell of hypocrisy. Because, MGM and other big studios have, for the last two decades, plundered the classics of Western cinema like scurvy ridden pirates who have lost all sense of taste. (I.e., pointless remakes and reboots.)
However, it now seems that if anyone is going to rip off and soil the good name of cinema, it should be left up to the studios themselves. Consequently, MGM plans on shutting down the amateur dramatics indefinitely and resigning Raging Bull to the dust bin, where it will moonlight as an obscure trivia fact or a spook story for young film aficionados. (Editor’s note: Can Raging Bull 2 director Martin Guigui finish shooting the film in, like, 2 weeks?! I’m kidding, I hope it’s canned by MGM and the courts.)
Hat tip: Deadline