The movie, to be called "Resurrecting the Champ," is a boxing drama.
Hatcher hasn't made a movie since "Spy Kids" in 2001 -- when she was billed sixth in the cast (just below "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub but before stoner-comedian Cheech Marin).
The movie she's making is based on the true story of a Los Angeles Times reporter who finds a homeless man who thinks he is a famous fighter down on his luck.
Ultimately, the homeless man turns out to be a lesser-known fighter of the same era but not before the two form a "Tuesdays with Morrie"-type bond.
Hatcher plays a TV executive who gets involved with the reporter and Samuel L. Jackson will star as the fighter.