The NFL is set to develop a feature film called Week 14 that will be produced and directed by Tony Krantz from a script written by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, Cobb). Krantz has directed a few good projects that include Felicity, Sports Night, 24, and The Big Bang.
According to to Variety the movie will feature interweaving storylines in the same vein of Crash, and the story "will chronicle the last three weeks of the NFL's regular season as seen through the eyes of fictional players, coaches and their significant others." The NFL if very protective of its family-friendly brand, so you can expect this movie to be PG or PG-13.
The film package is currently being shopped around to various studios and apparently there's a lot of interest in it. Football is an extremely popular sport in the USA, and this will be the first official film made by the NFL. The plan is to get the movie into production after the Super Bowl on February 3rd.
One of the issues for studios on taking on a film like this, is there really isn't a big international audience for American football. For example, The Blind Side grossed $255 million domestically, but only $53 million overseas. Then there was Disney's Invincible which made $58 million in the U.S. and only $673,000 internationally.
It seems like Week 14 has a talented team of people involved with developing it. I always enjoy a good sports movie, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. What are your thoughts on this new football movie being developed?
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