There’s good news and bad news. Bad news: Eminem has put the movie he was set to star in, “Southpaw,” on hold. But the good news is, it’s because he wants to focus on his music.
The film isÂ about a welterweightÂ boxer who struggles to put his life and hisÂ career back together.
The boxing movie had applied, and thenÂ withdrew an application, for $8.9 million in Michigan film incentives.Â The application was withdrawn because of a “talent issue,” according to the Michigan Film Office. That “talent” is Eminem.
A spokesman for Eminem,Â Dennis Dennehy, says,Â “Heâ€™s focusing on his music right now, so while heâ€™s doing that, while heâ€™s in that space, he wanted to put this on hold for the time being.”
Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, is also listed as a producer of the film, as well as Stuart Parr, who co-produced Em’s 8 Mile.
The delay doesn’t mean the film won’t be shot in Detroit,Â Dennehy says, “What Iâ€™m told is when the film does get made, the plan is that the bulk of it will be shot in Michigan. That was always the understanding.”