Quick, name your favorite American-made soccer movie. If you said The Big Green: correct. If all that came to mind were ineligibly foreign titles like Shaolin Soccer or Bend it Like Beckham, I don’t blame you — Hollywood isn’t exactly pumping ‘em out with any sort of quality control. Gerard Butler would like to change that, to the extent that he will revamp the baseball-centric project Confessions of a Little League Coach so that it revolves around youth soccer instead.
Butler was on board Confessions solely as a producer; now that the script from Robbie Fox (So I Married an Axe Murderer) is being reimagined as the soccer film Slide, the Scottish actor is in talks to star. In an attempt to further Slide‘s international pedigree, Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness) has been keen on the film for awhile as a potential directing gig, though may be held back by scheduling issues. More after the jump:
According to 24 Frames, the plot centers around “a troubled father trying to make up for lost time by coaching his son’s team — but who finds himself in hot water after some of the local mothers take a little too much of a shine to him (and he to them).” The project was once housed at Sony, though the report indicates that the partnership might not be unconditional. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies) and Jonathan Mostow (the director of Surrogates) are producing alongside Butler under his Evil Twin banner — if they finance Slide independently, Sony could still distribute.
Butler will next be seen on screen the Ralph Fiennes-directed Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus.