"The Fighter" sequel already in the works, says Mark Walhberg

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Mark Walhberg attends the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) Getty

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Mark Walhberg attends the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on September 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Actor/Producer Mark Walhberg says he's ready to step back into the ring for "The Fighter" sequel
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(CBS) - Lace up. It's time for round two.

Mark Walhberg says plans are already being made for a sequel to Oscar-winning boxer biopic "The Fighter."

Pictures: "The Fighter"
Pictures: Mark Wahlberg

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the producer/actor talked about following up on the critically acclaimed, $93 million-grossing story of Mickey Ward's journey to the top.

"I'm trying to plant the idea in everyone's head that we should do - not five or six 'Fighters' like 'Rockey' - but one more because the big thing that Micky Ward was famous for was his three epic battles with Arturo Gatti," Wahlberg said. "So we're talking about possibly taking one more run at it."

When asked whether fans could expect the same cast - including Oscar-winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo- to return, Walhberg said, "Yeah. Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can't imagine they wouldn't want to go back. But it's still kind in the early stages."

Pictures: Melissa Leo
Pictures: Christian Bale
Pictures: Amy Adams

Though "The Fighter" follows Mickey Ward's rise to light-weight champion, the real-life fighter is best known for a series of three titanic matches fought against another champ named Arturo Gatti. The latter two were named "Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine in 2002. So there's plenty of story for a sequel. Someone call Christian Bale. He's going to have to lose that weight all over again.

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