Deadline reports that DreamWorks has picked up a new pitch entitled Southpaw, which is being crafted as a starring vehicle for Eminem.

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is writing the movie, which will feature Eminem as a welterweight boxer who has a fast-track to a title shot when his world crumbles after a tragedy.

DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider bought the pitch in the room, immediately after hearing it. Here's what Kurt Sutter had to say about the movie:

I took meetings with Marshall's producing partners over the past 7 years, looking for something to do together. I know he's very selective and doesn't do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels. He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer."

Kurt Sutter will start writing the script immediately and a draft will likely be completed by February.