George Tillman Jr. will direct the story of 44-256 fighter
Hollywood is preparing to go a couple of rounds with Peter Buckley — aka “the worst boxer of all time.”
The hapless pugilist, who retired in 2008 with a victory in his 300th career fight, will be the subject of “The Untitled Peter Buckley Project,” with “Men of Honor” helmer George Tillman Jr. attached to direct.
The inspirational indie focuses on the English fighter who refused to quit despite losing 256 of his 300 career fights, a record that earned him his dubious distinction as “the worst boxer of all time.”
Alex Davidson is currently writing the script. Robert Teitel is producing through his and Tillman’s State Street Pictures banner, while Mike Flavin will serve as associate producer.
Tillman is in the midst of casting his next feature, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” which has “Dreamgirls” thesp Jennifer Hudson attached to star. That project is gearing up to start filming this fall in Gotham.
CAA-repped Tillman, who last directed “Faster” for CBS Films and “Notorious” for Fox Searchlight, is also attached to direct DreamWorks’ romantic comedy “I Saw You.”