James Mangold is looking to direct a movie about a larger-than-life figure who’s not a Marvel superhero. The Wolverine and Walk the Line helmer may be getting back into biopics with a film about Joe Namath, the legendary New York quarterback. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.
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Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
David Gordon Green is looking to play ball again with Eastbound & Down‘s Don Johnson. Only this time, they’ll be teaming up for a college football drama instead of a baseball comedy.
Titled Score, the new streaming project has Green attached to direct from a script by Johnson. It’s unclear right now whether it’s a TV series or a movie, but either way it has our attention. Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about it.
Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
UPDATE: Universal Pictures has likely acquired the rights via Variety. Original story follows.
The inspiring story of Lebron James‘ high school basketball career was covered quite well in the 2008 documentary More Than A Game. Now, that story is getting a narrative treatment from a couple of Oscar nominees. Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire) and Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) are among the people selling a pitch that would tell the story of James’ high school days before he became an NBA superstar. Read more about the Lebron James movie below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
The day of the “can’t miss” hit sports movie has come and gone. Even really good movies, such as the recent Draft Day, haven’t seen the kind of support similar movies did two decades ago. But that doesn’t stop Hollywood from trying. Disney has Million Dollar Arm coming in a few weeks, and now Brett Ratner is on board with a new story. He and his company just bought the rights to a Los Angeles Magazine article about how LA Dodgers star Yasiel Puig escaped from Cuban imprisonment to become a baseball superstar. Read more about the Yasiel Puig movie below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Generally when a group puts on a live read, they pick a script of reverence. An Oscar-winner like The Usual Suspects, a classic comedy like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters, maybe a stage masterpiece like Glengarry Glen Ross. When Funny or Die does it, they go a little out of the box. They do Space Jam.
Michael Jordan famously starred in the 1996 animated hit, which blended live actors with the Looney Tunes in a sci-fi, comedic, basketball romp. For kids of that era, the film became a classic. For anyone who has seen it since, it doesn’t quite hold up. But it’s fun, with a nostalgic appeal, and so Funny or Die recruited an all-star cast to read the script. Literally. NBA All-Star Blake Griffin read the role of Jordan and a slew of comedians and actors filled in the other roles, such as Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and others.
Below, watch – not the whole thing – but a good 10-minute highlight of the Space Jam live read. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Saturday Night Live stars are the last people you’d expect to see in an inspirational sports drama, but they’re the perfect folks to send up the inspirational sports drama subgenre. Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, and Beck Bennett all make appearances in the first Intramural trailer, which, as the title suggests, takes on the world of intramural college sports.
The video plays like a sort of indie Dodgeball, down to a shot of a cranky, violent dude in a wheelchair barking orders at his scrappy team. Watch the new Intramural trailer after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Anchorman star Will Ferrell is going back to the ’70s — but this time, he’ll be the guy making the news, not reporting it. Ferrell is attached to star in Match Maker, a drama about the legendary 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is adapting the script from a 2013 ESPN article by Don Van Natta Jr. titled “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes.” More details after the jump.