Cannes: Robert De Niro Boxing Movie ‘Hands of Stone’ Bought by Weinstein Co.


The Weinstein Company has picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Hands of Stone,” the drama starring Edgar Ramirez as iconic boxer Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer, Ray Arcel.

Both Relativity and TWC were bidding for the film. TWC has committed to 2,000 U.S. screens. The studio had already bought foreign rights to the pic a few months back.

Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, the movie is based on the story of Duran, who rose from the slums of Panama to become one of the great fighter of his time. His rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard (portrayed by Usher in the film) is considered one of the fiercest in boxing history. He was nicknamed “hands of stone” because his hard hits led to 103 wins in 119 fights.

Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and Ana de Armas also star.

“Hands of Stone” is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jakubowicz of La Piedra Films. The executive producers include Ben Silverman, Max Keller, George Edee, Ricardo del Rio and Roberto Duran’s son, Robin Duran.

Deadline first reported this news.

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  1. Maggie says:

    El Manos de Pieredas, yeppers, that’s Roberto Duran!!!!

  2. One of my all time favorite boxers whom I’ve followed his whole boxing life. He only disappointed me in the “No Mas”. I waited a long time to see him inducted into the I.B.H.O.F. and when he was I was unable to get close enough to get his autograph, after all the years of waiting. Can’t wait to see the movie.

  3. Charles Parenti says:

    Can’t wait, Duran was my favorite. You never watched Duran to see if he was going to win,but what round he was going to knock out his opponent. At the time he fought Leonard he was 63 and 1 with 57 ko’s. and the 1 loss he came back to knock him out. I think it was Estabon de Jesus. Duran fought EVERYBODY!

  4. Tony says:

    Roberto Duran is one of the greatest boxers of ALL time, not one of the greatest of his time. Please do your homework!

  5. sandy says:

    hate to be picky but robert duran? how bout research writer—try roberto

  6. Cliff says:

    The mans name is ROBERTO DURAN not Robert and he was to become one of the “greatest” fighters of his time, not “great” fighter of his time. I hope the movie is better than your proof reading….

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