New Biopic in the Works on 'Real-Life' ROCKY, Rocky Marciano
First came the endless stream of blockbuster films, followed by a musical stage adaptation which made its way to the Broadway stage. Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that a new film about undefeated Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, said to be the real-life inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky Balboa', is in the works with the seal of approval from the fighter's family.
The site reports that the estate of Marciano, which includes his brother Peter and son Rocky Marciano Jr., are cooperating with City of Peace Films and Dustin Marcellino on 49-0 / The Brockton Blockbuster. Marcelllino will helm the project, to be penned by the Marcellino family, longtime fans of Marciano.
In a statement Marcellino shared, "Rocky Marciano was my great grandfather's all-time favorite fighter, which was passed down to all of us in the Marcellino's family. The Marcellinos and the Marcianos have truly become family during the development of this project and we are honored to tell this generation about a man, a son, a brother, a husband and a father who rose up out of the streets of Brockton to change the world in his generation."
Added Rocky Marciano Jr. in a statement, "My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen. I am thrilled that the Marciano family; together with City of Peace films is working on a movie that will tell the story about my father...the real Rocky story."
The film will be shot in the fighter's hometown of Brockton, Mass.
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