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Sport And Cinema

Sports Playing a Big Part of Hollywood’s Upcoming Production Slate

Motion pictures, documentaries and television series with a sporting backdrop are filling the development and production pipeline across the networks and studios.

Here are a few:

-Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg will star for HBO in a dramedy series following retired athletes in Miami.

-Mickey Rourke will lend his voice to “Generation Iron” a documentary that follows the world’s top seven bodybuilders as they compete to bring home the coveted “Mr. Olympia” title.

-A movie based on the life of Tyler Hamilton, a former Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion. The former professional bike racer was in Lance Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team. Both befelled by drugs.

-“Draft Day”. This Ivan Reitman-directed football motion picture stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner about the craziness of the NFL Draft. Denis Leary will play Vince Penn, the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, who finds himself at odds with the team’s GM (Costner).

 -Now shooting in India is “Million Dollar Arm”, where a sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

-With World Cup coming next year to Brazil, there are reports of several soccer movies in development including a biography of Pele and another about the recent growing intensity of soccer match-fixing scandals.

 - Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern and Michael Chiklis will be featured in the football film, “When the Game Stands Tall”. The story centers on De La Salle High School football Coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis), who took the Concord, Calif., Spartans prep team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak from 1992-2003.

 -Director Ron Howard takes us into the rivalry-intense world of 1970s Formula One auto racing with “Rush”. A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda of Austria and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, Britain’s James Hunt.





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