Liev Schreiber is eyeing a biopic of New Jersey heavyweight boxer Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner reports MTV News.
A Marine and security guard before turning boxer, Wepner famously lasted through 15 rounds in a fight with Muhammad Ali, being knocked out only seconds before the fight’s end. That fight was said to be the inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky”.
Though he won far more than he lost, Wegner’s losses to the likes of George Forman, Sonny Liston, Joe Bugner and even Andre the Giant are more remembered. Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) will direct.