With the success of Creed over the past month, it’s not a huge surprise to hear that there is another Rocky movie in the works. In this case, however, we’re not talking about another installment in the Rocky franchise (which could still happen) but rather a movie about the boxer who served as the inspiration for Stallone’s iconic character. Rocky Marciano was the world heavyweight champion between 1952 and 1956 and retired with an undefeated record and the highest knockdown percentage of any heavyweight champ in history. There have been a few TV movies and documentaries about him, but never a proper big screen biopic. Now we’re hearing that Jeremy Renner is on board to play the legendary athlete. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, screenwriters Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore are currently developing a boxing biopic called Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story with Jeremy Renner attached to star. The duo just had their script Mayday 109 land on this year’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays, a movie about John F. Kennedy’s time spent in the Navy during World War II. Undefeated is being produced by Morris S. Levy and they are currently in search of a director.
Jon Favreau previously played Rocky Marciano in a 1999 TV movie called simply Rocky Marciano, and there was also a TV movie released in 1979 called Marciano with Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection) in the lead role. Both actors have a closer resemblance to Marciano than Renner, but at least he proved he can pull off a Boston accent in The Town. Are you interested in a Rocky Marciano biopic starring Jeremy Renner?