MGM is resolving its legal fight with ex-boxer Jake LaMotta over a planned sequel to Raging Bull.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the studio, which owns rights to the 1980 Martin Scorsese-directed classic starring Robert De Niro as LaMotta, has agreed to drop its lawsuit and LaMotta and producers will change the title of their movie from Raging Bull 2 to The Bronx Bull, which was LaMotta's nickname.
Producers also will issue a press release publicly disassociating the project from the MGM movie, according to sources. In exchange, the suit will be dismissed.
MGM sued in early July claiming that the planned low-budget follow-up would be based on LaMotta's life, despite the fact that the boxer sold his life rights to the studio in 1976. That deal gives LaMotta, now 90, the right to pursue a sequel, but MGM maintains a right of first refusal, and the studio was claiming that it could use that right to veto a project called Raging Bull 2.
So now the project will continue, but the name and association will change.
We've reached out to MGM and the producers for comment and will update with a response.