Gerard Butler in talks to produce and star in the soccer-centric SLIDE
On Wednesday, June 23rd, Landon Donovan scored an epic goal in the final minute of stoppage time against England, sending the men's US Soccer team into the second round of the World Cup...where they lost against Ghana. Then, all of Africa (and the world) watched as Ghana lost against Uruguay in penalty kicks - a game that was one of the most dramatic, heart-wrenching losses in World Cup history. When the US and Ghana played, over nineteen million people watched, making it the most viewed soccer match ever in North America. That has led to some soccer fans (and movie executives) to start thinking that maybe the sport is finally ready to enter the big leagues of other national pastimes like baseball and football (Go Cowboys!).
Find out what Hollywood is doing with this, after the jump.
So naturally, the studio heads have re-worked an idea about a Little League coach to focus on soccer instead baseball (progress, right soccer fans?). Although we won't be seeing actual adults playing soccer, we may see Gerard Butler on the sidelines. CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE LEAGUE COACH has been renamed SLIDE and Butler may produce and star in the film about a dad who agrees to take a job coaching his kid's Little League soccer team in order to bond with said child.
Apparently, Butler was set to only produce originally, but when the story was reconfigured to center around soccer the actor's interest in the project took a jump. Butler obviously like soccer because, you know...he's foreign. We'll keep you updated about SLIDE if you promise to stop blowing that vuvuzela in our face. Deal?
5 soccer movies we love:
1. VICTORY - As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape. With Sylvester Stallone, Pele, Michael Caine, Bobby Moore, and others.
2. SHAOLIN SOCCER - A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
3. GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS - A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad (Elijah Wood) moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.
4. THE TWO ESCOBARS - Great documentary about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the Columbian National Soccer team. Read our Tribeca review of the film here.
5. THE KARATE KID - (I'm not going to even specify if I'm talking about the original or not...) Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue meet on the beach when Daniel "accidentally" kicks a soccer ball in the general direction of Ali and her friends' campfire spot. He also teaches her how to juggle one day at school. It's really cute.