Fright Night may not have done massive business for Disney and DreamWorks, but it was good enough to keep the principals on board at Disney. Screenwriter Marti Noxon was just announced as part of a new Pixar project, and now Fright Night remake director Craig Gillespie, who also made Lars and the Real Girl, is in talks to make the baseball drama Million Dollar Arm. Jon Hamm remains set to star. Read More »
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In the year and change since Cowboys & Aliens opened, director Jon Favreau has worked on the TV series Revolution, and prepped Disney’s film Magic Kingdom and a feature version of the stage musical Jersey Boys. Nw his name is attached to another project that, like Jersey Boys, is more realistic, in terms of subject matter, than most of the films he’s known for directing at this point.
Battle for Bonneville is the story of half-brothers Art and Walt Arfons, who were racing rivals that ultimately competed to set the land speed record in jet-powered car driven on the famous Bonneville salt flats in Utah. The Bourne Legacy co-writer Dan Gilroy scripted, and New Regency is in final talks to pick up the project with Favreau directing and Ryan Reynolds attached to star as one of the Arfons brothers. Read More »
Briefly: Audiences are now, officially, going to see Rocky Balboa fight Jake LaMotta. Warner Bros. has just greenlit the long gestating Grudge Match, directed by Peter Segal, which is a comedy about two over the hill boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) who comeback for one last match. Kevin Hart has been cast as the fight’s promoter. Grudge Match was originally written by Tim Kelleher but Entourage creator Doug Ellin is credited with the most recent draft. Read more about the film here. Thanks to Deadline.
One of the early surprises of 2012 was the hockey comedy Goon. Directed by Michael Dowse and written by Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel, the film starred Seann William Scott as a small-time hockey enforcer whose talent for violence leads him to the big time. Not only does the film feature a classic sports story, it has heart, violence and lots of character. Debuting On Demand and then hitting theaters, the film turned a small little profit and gained a passionate fan base, one curious to see where the story would go next.
Baruchel, who also starred in the film, took to Twitter to update fans on Goon 2. He’s currently co-writing it with Jesse Chabot, Goldberg will produce and Dowse will return to direct. Read his statements after the jump. Read More »
If ever the story of an athlete deserved to be told in a major motion picture, it’s the story of Jackie Robinson. The man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball not only broke cultural and social ground; he was one of the best people to ever play the game of baseball.
In every baseball stadium in North America his number, 42, is retired. That number is also the title of writer/director Brian Helgeland‘s upcoming biopic, which opens on April 12, 2013. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson and Harrison Ford plays the Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who is credited with stepping up and doing something no one had ever done before: hire an African American baseball player for their team.
Check out the powerful teaser trailer for the film after the jump. Read More »
September is a great time to be a sports fan. College football is in full swing, the NFL is just getting started and Major League Baseball teams are fighting for their postseason lives. This September in particular, and today to be specific, sports fans have something even more exciting to look forward to as well. A documentary called Knuckleball, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) was released today, both on demand and in select theaters.
The film tell the history of baseball’s most scrutinized and joked about pitch, the knuckleball, through the personal struggles of pitchers Tim Wakefield, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, and R.A. Dickey, currently of the New York Mets. It’s a fascinating, inspirational documentary that will please both baseball and non-baseball fans alike. But especially baseball fans. And out of those, especially Red Sox and Mets fans.
/Film is proud to premiere an exclusive clip from the film. Check it out after the jump along with some other thoughts on the movie. Read More »
To say 2011 and 2012 haven’t been good years for the Penn State University football program would be a gross understatement. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused, and later convicted, of serial child molesting. During the scandal it was revealed that his boss, head coach Joe Paterno – the winningest coach in the history of Division I college football – had an idea about it but turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s acts. Paterno’s mistake cost him and the school several years of wins and, subsequently, that incredible record. Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Paterno passed away this past January as the scandal still raged.
Currently sitting atop the New York Times Best Seller List is Paterno, a biography of the coach by Joe Posnanski, and a film adaptation of that book is now being shopped around Hollywood with none other than Oscar-winner Al Pacino attached to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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For sports fans, the next sentence is like something out of some kind of drunken fantasy: Ron Shelton has written an officially licensed NFL drama. The man best known for sports films such as Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup and Cobb is behind a script called Week 14, which will be directed by Tony Krantz (Sports Night, 24, Felicity) and is officially backed by the National Football League. A fictional tale set during the final three weeks of the NFL season, Week 14 is currently being shopped to movie studios with the hopes that the upcoming NFL season will get investors excited and filming can begin early next year. Read more after the jump. Read More »