Ron Underwood Directing a Ski Team Comedy Called 'Woodchucks'
Its been quite a while since we've seen a skiing comedy, yet another one is finally in the works. THR reports veteran director Ron Underwood will be directing a ski team comedy called Woodchucks this upcoming ski season in Vermont. Underwood, an "avid skier", has directed movies like Tremors, City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young and The Adventures of Pluto Nash, which is when his career pretty much died; he's only done TV since. But he's ready to make a return. "It's been a long time since Downhill Racer, and while Woodchucks is certainly a lighter tone, it has the makings of the first exciting narrative ski movie in a long time," he says.
Woodchucks follows a Vermont ski team as it tries to prevent a corporate resort developer from wrecking their local mountain. Shooting is scheduled to begin next ski season on location in Vermont. Writers Len Britton, a former professional ski coach, and Rick Parks, a Vermont native, are writing the screenplay. J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock) from Branded Pictures Entertainment is producing along with Bradford Broyles and Britton. "I'm an avid skier and I can't wait to showcase the sport," Underwood says. Sounds good to me!
If anyone is looking for some inspiration in the very scant ski comedy genre, classics to watch include Hot Dog… The Movie (where is where that image above comes from), Ski Patrol, Snowballing, even Better Off Dead with John Cusack, and of course Robert Redford's Downhill Racer, even though it's not a comedy. Or any James Bond movie with a skiing scene. I'm originally from Colorado and grew up skiing and all of these comedy classics, so I'm always excited for any new ski movie, especially since we haven't seen one in so long!