Based on the 1986 book.

It has long been rumoured that a sequel to Martin Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull’ was in the works, now confirmation of the project has arrived. According to Moviehole, casting is now underway with production scheduled to begin in June.

Based on the real-life story of Jake La Motta, Scorsese’s 1980 Oscar-winning film starred Robert De Niro as the former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and success in the ring was offset by his troubled domestic life: full of rage, jealousy, and suspicion–particularly towards his wife and manager/brother–which, in the end, left him destitute, alone, and seeking redemption.

De Niro won’t be reprising the role of LaMotta, instead his ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ co-star William Forsythe will take part under the direction of Martin Guigui (‘Beneath the Darkness’).

Serving as a companion piece to Scorsese’s film, the Guigui-directed film will be a combination prequel and sequel that explores “before the rage” and “after the rage” of LaMotta’s tumultuous life and times.

The screenplay, penned by Rustam Branaman, was based on the 1986 book by Chris Anderson and Sharon McGehee titled ‘Raging Bull II: Continuing the Story of Jake LA Motta.’