LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Rice, the screenwriter whose credits include "Blown Away" and "Windtalkers," will make his directorial debut on "Stan's Cup," a comedy set in the world of old-timers' hockey.
Written by Rice, the movie centers on a broken-down, once-great hockey player who gets a chance to fill his legendary father's skates by giving his hometown, known as Hockeytown USA, a pseudo rematch of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game against a Russian team of ex-Olympians.
The filmmakers see the movie as having a "Full Monty" vibe rather than that of a traditional sports movie, focusing on an unusual place and the eccentric people who inhabit it.
"Cup" is being financed by an investment group, Old Timers Llp., based in North Dakota and Minnesota. Old Timers principals include Fargo real estate developer Jeff Schlossman; John Erickson, who runs international hockey schools and upon whom the movie is loosely based; and Kirk Roos, writer of the original story on which the script is based.