Personally, I'm a little tired of these inspirational sports stories, however at the speedy rate Hollywood is cranking them out it appears there will always be an audience for them. Heck, last week before I attended a screening for Unaccompanied Minors, there were a handful of women leaving a screening for We Are Marshall -- all of whom had tissues in their hands from crying. The way I see it, if you can get a bunch of women to cry over a football flick, then you've successfully done your job. (Heh, the only way my wife is crying over a sports-themed film is if someone accidentally kicks a Coach bag and ruins it.)
The opening sentence of this Variety article makes it seem as if Dennis Quaid is going to play the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy. And yes, for a very brief second, I thought the world had officially come to an end. Thankfully, I continued reading where I discovered that Quaid was not playing a black football player, but instead was taking on the role of said player's mentor. As we previously reported, The Express is the film in question and it tells the true story of college football player Ernie Davis -- a guy who dominated on the field, but died of leukemia at age 23 before he could go pro. Gary Fleder will direct, while Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) has been brought on to rewrite Scott Williams' draft, and they're currently searching for an actor to play Davis himself. Any ideas??