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Peter Farrelly set to direct film inspired by ‘Rocky’ filming

Peter Farrelly is set to take the lead in a film inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s journey to make his Rocky franchise a reality.

Titled “I Play Rocky,” the film follows a struggling actor with a partially paralyzed face and a speech impediment who writes a script that a major movie studio wants to buy, but he refuses to sell it unless he can act the main role. Refusing an offer of money that could change his life, he instead works for pennies to get the film made with himself in the lead role. The film became the biggest box office hit of 1976, garnering 10 Academy Award nominations and winning Best Picture.

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The upcoming film is produced by a team that includes Toby Emmerich, who previously served as head of film at Warner Bros., Christian Baha and Farrelly. The film’s screenplay is written by Peter Gamble, known for his work on the film “Office Uprising.” Casting is underway to find the “Sylvester Stallone” films.

Farrelly’s latest films include “Ricky Stanicky” with Zac Efron and John Cena and “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” starring Efron once again.