Peter Cattaneo Hits Ice for Hockey Comedy 'What the Puck'
by Ethan Anderton
February 11, 2010
Back in 1997, director Peter Cattaneo made waves by delivering a hilarious comedy about out of work steel workers becoming male strippers in The Full Monty. Unfortunately, he followed it up eleven years later by directing 2008's The Rocker, which despite its best efforts with plenty of cameos, just couldn't measure up to the far superior School of Rock. Maybe he can redeem himself as Variety reports he will direct the hockey comedy What the Puck that's inspired by a true story of a father and son who bond after a messy divorce through their mutual love of ice hockey which leads the duo to the World Junior Championships in Canada.
Fellow Brit Geoff Deane (Kinky Boots) wrote the script which is another in a sudden trend of hockey based films. Recently Jason Reitman mentioned at least a fleeting interest in writing some sort of comedy about a hockey referee, and Kevin Smith has been trying to get the drama Hit Somebody off the ground for a little while now. This is all fine with me, since I haven't really seen a hockey movie I haven't enjoyed. As a kid I loved all the Mighty Ducks movies, as well as the more grown-up hockey flick Miracle, not to mention the comedy classic Slap Shot with Paul Newman. But it sounds like this one is the most developed and will likely get off the ground before Reitman or Smith's films, if they even ever get made. Ready for some hockey?