20/10/2011 10:24 BST | Updated 20/12/2011 05:12 GMT

Eminem's Boxing Film 'Southpaw' Back On Track

Eminem's movie comeback could be on the horizon after a distributor was found for the film.

The rapper - real name Marshall Mathers - is due to star in boxing drama Southpaw, but studio DreamWorks had dropped out of the project in August. Now Deadline reports MGM with Sony Pictures is set to win the bid for the movie against Alcon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment.

Eminem, who hasn't appeared on the big screen since his movie debut in the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile in 2002, is set to star as a once-victorious fighter who wishes to reclaim his past glory after seeing his world crash down following a tragedy.

The film is to be written by Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and has been inspired by the rapper's real-life struggles and life.

Kurt said: "He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life.

"He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."

The film will be directed by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua, who is himself a former boxer.