Kurt Russell Calling the Shots as Another Coach in 'Touchback'

August 4, 2010

Kurt Russell

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?

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I don't see how Grindhouse gave him any boost to his career. He hasn't had a single movie released in 3 years. By the time either of his upcoming films comes out that will be extended to a 4 year gap. I always liked Kurt Russell and I'm looking forward to this, but I was starting to wonder if Grindhouse all but ended his career.

Cloudy with a chance of beefaroni on Aug 4, 2010


kurt russell is god. he could make a movie called "kurt russell takes a nap" and it would still be better than anything else out there WITH more explosions. you know what Jack Burton always says...

Astroboy3000 on Aug 4, 2010


Ok. this certainly is a new direction for sports movies. So I'm guessing that Presly decides not to play the game that gets him injured and looses? Then everyone hates him and his life is miserable? Why did you make it seem as though Russell would be the main character if he's just supporting Presly? This sounds like hollywood garb, and it's gonna be done by a new director? I have to say that a lot more convincing must be done. I'm not even a sports fan but I had to show interest because of all the sci fi and superhero nerds in here. I wish Russell was young for real and still making those delightful Disney films like strongest man in the world types.

Eli on Aug 5, 2010


that movie was casting in my area last weekend, i don't know if they are filming here or not. I look forward to more news

poppy on Aug 9, 2010

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