MGM has reached an agreement with producer Jake Lamotta over a “Raging Bull” sequel, dropping its lawsuit in exchange for a change to the film’s title.
MGM and Sunset Pictures, the sequel’s production company, confirmed the agreement in a statement released by the former on Wednesday afternoon.
“(‘The Bronx Bull’) is not related in any way to the 1980 motion picture entitled ‘Raging Bull,’ and MGM is not associated with the film in any respect. Neither party will have any further statements regarding this matter,” the release said.
Earlier this month, MGM filed suit against Lamotta — whose original life story inspired the 1980 pic — claiming he and the production shingle breached a 1976 agreement that entitled MGM to first dibs on any sequel. Lamotta, a former boxer who wrote the 1970 memoir which inspired Martin Scorsese’s film a decade later, wrote a follow-up tome in 1986 upon which the new sequel is based.
In its suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, MGM sought to halt production in its tracks. Sequel had already completed principal photography at the time of the filing, and few courts have granted such stops in similar circumstances. Instead, plaintiffs typically sue to stop the release of a film.
MGM had also sued for damages to be determined at trial, but legal eagles doubted that either party would ever let the dispute get that far.
Insiders expected MGM to file official docs later Wednesday.