"Five Good Years" marks the first independent production for the newly-formed Four Legged Pictures and is shaping up to be one of year-end’s most auspicious enterprises. The original, fact-inspired screenplay by Bruce Reisman and Kris Black, telling the story of a West Virginia coal miner forced into the boxing ring to save his ailing mother, is attracting truly legendary names both in front and behind the camera.
The script is inspired by the real-life "fighter" Marcie Aboulafia, personal friend of screenwriters Bruce and Kris, who is battling a rare form of cancer called multiple myeloma. The screenwriters yearned to create a movie tribute to their personal friend that would raise awareness, inform, and entertain in a manner that does not feel and play like a "sickness of the week" TV movie. In "Five Good Years," Marcie’s personal journey inspired the fictional character of "Christine Winston" with honesty, humor, and love.
Sugar Ray reportedly took a special liking to the material, not only for its boxing backdrop and heart-tugging story but also for the very personal aspect of the story that coincidentally mirrored his own father’s struggle with multiple myeloma.