Eminem’s boxing flick Southpaw has been put on hold again. According to The Detroit Free Press, the film was scheduled to start filming in the “Motor City” this year but the superstar rapper has chosen to direct all his energies into music for now.
“He’s focusing on his music right now, so while he’s doing that, while he’s in that space, he wanted to put this on hold for the time being,” said Dennis Dennehy, Eminem’s spokesman.
Southpaw revolves around a welterweight boxer attempting to resurrect his career and straighten his personal life. Eminem has been attached to the film for a couple of years now but it has constantly been stymied by false starts and delays. The film would be his second leading role in a film since 2002’s 8 Mile.
It‘s unknown whether Eminem is working on another solo album but he is playing a key part in Slaughterhouse’s upcoming sophomore album, Welcome to: Our House. Slaughterhouse signed to Eminem’s Shady Records label last year and will be releasing Welcome to: Our House on June 12. Earlier this year, Crooked I revealed that a good chunk of the album was recorded at Eminem’s Detroit studio and a lot of the beats on the project were supplied by the rapper. Eminem is also serving as Welcome to: Our House’s executive producer.