Kurt Russell Calling the Shots as Another Coach in 'Touchback'
by Ethan Anderton
August 4, 2010
Though he didn't enjoy as strong a career revival as John Travolta after Pulp Fiction, some credit is due to Quentin Tarantino for giving a bit of a recent boost to Kurt Russell by making him the crazy villain of his grindhouse feature Death Proof. He's got a few smaller films lined up like Waco and Undying, but Freedom Films announced today via press release that Russell will fill shoes not too dissimilar from some he's already worn. Russell will take on a role as a high school football coach in Touchback, the feature directorial debut of Don Handfield. Though it doesn't sound as inspiring as Miracle, sports fans may be interested anyway.
Joining Russell will be: Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air) as his wife, Christine Lahti , Marc Blucas (Knight and Day), Drew Powell (1408), Sarah Wright (House Bunny), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Hung) and Kevin Covais (College). Obviously this isn't the highest profile of inspirational sports dramas, but here's the story: Murphy (Presley) is a down-on-his-luck small town farmer and volunteer fireman whose glorious football days were cut short when he was critically injured during a playoff game. He often wonders "what if" and is unexpectedly thrust from the present day back to that fateful instant that changed his life forever.
This time around Murphy has the choice to decide if he wants the life he has or the life that could have been. So basically, that sounds like an unfunny high school football version of 17 Again (a broad comedy I actually enjoyed to a certain extent), but maybe someone out there will take the bait. Anyone interested in this?