Story by: Jack Foley
NEVER one to rest on his laurels, after a career spanning almost
50 years, Clint Eastwood is to act, direct and produce his next
project, The Million Dollar Baby.
Possibly rejuvenated from the acclaim which followed his Oscar-nominated
film, Mystic River, Eastwood
has announced that he will be taking all three roles for his latest
movie - marking his first time doing both since 2002s disappointing
Million Dollar Baby will tell the tale of an aspiring woman boxer
in East Los Angeles, and is being touted as a star vehicle for
Oscar winner, Hilary Swank.
Eastwood is believed to be appearing as a grizzled former boxer-turned-trainer,
while his Unforgiven co-star,
Morgan Freeman, is rumoured to be supporting as well.
The film is based on a pair of short stories from the collection,
Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner by FX Toole, who
is, himself, a former boxer - but it would do wise to avoid the
critical derision which greeted the last film about a woman in
the boxing world, Meg Ryans critically-savaged, Against
The script has been adapted by Paul Haggis, and is to be produced
by Eastwood's Malpaso Productions, which is based at Warner Bros.
Production is scheduled to start in June.