When a pet project garners five Oscar nominations, two Oscar wins and over $90 million at the box office (so far), what do you do next?
Make a sequel. Immediately.
And that's exactly what "The Fighter" star Mark Wahlberg has in the works for Micky Ward and his trainer/ brother Dicky Eklund.
On the red carpet at Sunday's 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Wahlberg told "Extra"'s Mario Lopez that he's already gearing up for "The Fighter 2."
"Now, we're gonna talk about doing No. 2. We're gonna do the Ward/ Gatti triology and make it real," the Boston Herald recounts.
Based on this, it sounds like the sequel will pick up about two years after the title bout against Shea Neary (which we saw at the end of "The Fighter"), when Ward fought Gatti in three brutal bouts that resulted in multiple hospitalizations for both fighters—and that ended up being the final fights of Ward's career.
Sounds like the makings of a great movie to us.
Riding high on the success of the first "Fighter" installment, we bet the sequel will come together quickly. If all goes well, everyone involved should come out a champion.