The Fighter has been a critical success with its Oscar nomination for Best Picture and Supporting Actor/Actress wins for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. But not only that, it made money. On a budget of $25 million The Fighter pulled in $110 million worldwide, which is probably why Mark Wahlberg is now talking about making a sequel.
“Now we’re gonna talk about doing No. 2,” Wahlberg explained. “We’re gonna do the Ward /Gatti trilogy and make it real,” referring to the real-life Mickey Ward’s three fights with his most fierce opponent, Arturo Gatti.
Making a sequel, or even a trilogy, to an Oscar winning film will be difficult as it will have to be better. There’s so point making it otherwise (other than money I suppose). The Fighter was mainly a story about family and the relationship between half-brothers Micky and Dickie. With Walhberg’s intention to focus on Mickey Ward’s fights with Arturo Gatti the sequel may be more of a sports movie than the first film.
Would you be interested in seeing a sequel to The Fighter?