Screenwriter John Rice Directing Hockey Comedy Stan's Cup
by Alex Billington
January 26, 2009
There is always room for more sports comedies, right? Well, what about more hockey comedies? John Rice will be making his directorial debut with his own screenplay for Stan's Cup, a comedy set in the world of old-timers' hockey. Rice previously wrote the screenplays for films like Chasers, The Calling, and Windtalkers. Stan's Cup is said to have a Full Monty vibe to it, with a focus on an unusual place and the eccentric people who inhabit it. In regards to that "unusual place" that they're looking for, the production will shoot in Warroad, Minnesota, referred to as Hockeytown USA, starting sometime in the spring.
Stan's Cup will focus on a broken-down, once-great hockey player who gets a chance to finally fill his legendary father's skates by giving his hometown, known as Hockeytown USA, a pseudo rematch of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game against a Russian team of ex-Olympians. I can't tell if that means it will be set during the present or back in 1980. Anyone? Sounds like it's the former. Whatever the case, given that classics like Slap Shot and Mighty Ducks already have a strong hold on the hockey comedy niche, I doubt something like this could top either of those. But as always, I'll be curious to find out more and see who they cast.