Southpaw, the film which was set to see Eminem return to the silver screen for the first time in over a decade, has been put on hold as the rapper has decided to work on new music.
The film was due to be the rapper’s first since his semi autobiographical flick 8 Mile and, according to the synopsis, is about a boxer who must overcome misfortune to get back to the top.
The part Eminem is due to play is described was “a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to a tragedy”.
The project had already received several setbacks, including being dropped by Dreamworks, but seemed to be back on track and its producers had applied to receive incentives of just under $9 million (£5.6 million) from local government to allow the film to be shot in Eminem’s native Michigan.
However, the project has now been put on hold and Eminem’s spokesman has confirmed that the reason for this is that the rapper has decided to “focus on music”.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Eminem’s spokesman Dennis Dennehy said: “He’s focusing on his music right now, so while he’s doing that, while he’s in that space, he wanted to put this on hold for the time being.”
Eminem released his seventh studio album ‘Recovery’ in 2010 and last year collaborated with rapper Royce da 5’9′ to form a new duo named Bad Meets Evil. They released their debut EP ‘Hell: The Sequel’ last year.