David Gordon Green to Direct Don Johnson's Sports Drama 'Score'
Though David Gordon Green took some time to dive into baseball with the HBO series "Eastbound & Down" starring Danny McBride, it sounds like he might head into sports drama territory for a future project. Grantland (via The Playlist) recently spoke to Don Johnson (Django Unchained) and revealed that he's written a college football sports drama which Green is attached to direct. Johnson explained, "It’s called Score and it’s set in the ’80s, and it’s about the rise of big-time college football." There's a chance that this could be a TV series, but it sounds like there's a film worthy message when Johnson elaborates.
The actor revealed that he would also star in the film, "I play this outrageous fucking coach who breaks all the rules and recruits basically criminals and everybody else and shoots the finger [extends middle finger in my direction] to the NCAA." It would certainly be topical with all the controversy surrounding the treatment and apparent exploitation of student athletes today. Johnson continues, "I wrote it in October and I wanna get it financed completely so I can go to the marketplace without layers and layers of executives and bureaucrats. In my mind if you’re not bringing something to the dance, but you’re taking a big chunk of the cash, I got no room for you." Sounds provocative and different for Green as a filmmaker. Interested?