Here’s some interesting news that should delight fans of HBO’s Eastbound & Down: David Gordon Green is attached to reteam with Don Johnson on a new project set in the world of college football in the 1980s. Titled Score, the project will star Johnson as an outrageous coach who goes out of his way to break all of the NCAA’s rules by recruiting criminals to play for him. Johnson scripted the story and Gordon Green is attached to direct. Don’t expect a guaranteed theatrical release for this one because it’s being packaged as a streaming project, though it’s unclear if it’s a feature film, miniseries, or series. Hit the jump for more.
In an interview with Grantland for his performance in Cold in July (opening this weekend), Johnson dropped a teaser about his new scripted project with Gordon Green on board to direct (via /Film). Here’s what he had to say:
You’ve gotten to do some great stuff on TV recently. Eastbound & Down is one of my favorite shows.
Well, that’s funny. I hadn’t even seen the show, and they sent me the script, and my agent said, “Oh no, you gotta see this!” And I watched it and I was like, “Wow! These guys are doing some edgy cool shit!” And I thought, I can make this even more outrageous than what they’ve written. I went down there and it was like putting on a comfortable pair of blue jeans. I’ve actually written something that [Eastboundcodirector] David Gordon Green is attached to direct. I’m gonna do it for streaming.
Oh, cool. What’s that?
It’s called Score and it’s set in the ’80s, and it’s about the rise of big-time college football. 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. 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.
Be sure to head over to Grantland for more from Johnson, and check out Matt’s review of Cold in July before catching it in theaters this weekend.