Baseball Movie 'Slide' Retooled with Soccer and Gerard Butler
Whether you call it soccer or football, I think everyone can agree that there haven't been that many movies that would spawn praise equal to that of an inspiring a "Gooooal!" The Big Green and Kicking & Screaming satisfied different generations of kids, Bend It Like Beckham struck a few chords and Shaolin Soccer was fun as hell, but there's no Field of Dreams for soccer fans. It looks like an attempt at such a film might be on the way as 24 Frames reports a Little League-based movie called Slide will be reconfigured to take place in the world of soccer with Gerard Butler playing a dad with a dubious past brought in to coach his son's team.
Screenwriter Robbie Fox, who wrote a few classic 90's comedies like So I Married an Axe Murderer and In the Army Now, penned the original screenplay, while director Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) is interested in directing. The movie is mostly a comedy which focuses on a troubled father trying to make up for lost time by coaching his son's team who finds himself in hot water after some of the local mothers take a little too much of a shine to him. The project doesn't yet have a studio attached, but the switch from baseball to soccer is expected to help move it along nicely (and it will probably change its title).
While I'm not the biggest sports fan (soccer being one of my least favorite) I've always found myself enjoying plenty of sports-centric films and I'd welcome some variety amongst them anytime. Maybe next we can get a movie about underwater basket weaving, and no, I'm not talking about the idiom used to reference declining educational standards. And if anyone is thinking that I forgot to mention the soccer film Ladybugs, I'm not one to go around spouting classic cross-dressing comedies like that so nonchalantly. We'll keep you updated.