Producers say Scorsese signed on for Paz movie

Famed director Martin Scorsese has reportedly agreed to help produce a movie about the life of Rhode Island boxer Vinny Paz.

The Providence Journal reports Scorsese will be an executive producer on the project, which is being spearheaded by East Greenwich native Chad Verdi.

Verdi bought the rights in 2009 to make the movie about Paz, the boxing champion who overcame a broken neck suffered in a car accident, to again fight for a world title in 2002.

Scorsese directed the acclaimed 1980 boxing film "Raging Bull," about the life of former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta.

Verdi says the working title of his movie, which is scheduled for release in 2016, is "Bleed for This: The Vinny Paz Story."