Hollywood studios jump on soccer bandwagon

Two Hollywood studios are developing projects with soccer themes. "The Big Fix," scheduled for release in movie theaters, will examine international match-fixing and center around former FIFA enforcement officer Chris Eaton and Singaporean fixer Raj Perumal, arrested in Finland in 2011. The other project: Warner Bros. TV's "Dream Team," a comedy for ABC.

Variety reported that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are working with the Belgium-based directing team Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah on "The Big Fix,"based on Brett Forrest’s ESPN Magazine article “All The World Is Staged,” published in 2012.

Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer have developed “Dream Team” about youth soccer. The pilot centers around a youth coach who takes over a team of 8-year-olds after finishing up at a national youth championship team.

Variety described the project as "nearly a sure thing" after the half-hour comedy landed a pilot production commitment during the development cycle.
2 comments about "Hollywood studios jump on soccer bandwagon".
  1. R2 Dad, January 29, 2016 at 12:09 a.m.

    Very much a mixed bag. Remember the Battleship "soccer" scene?
    More WWF than soccer. Or this very realistic Will F. douchy coach:
    We'll be lucky if it's more snarky soccer moms and less actual field play.

  2. BJ Genovese, January 30, 2016 at 3:39 p.m.

    Soccer is a bit of a joke to Hollywood and TV media. They always use it as a punchline or show some kid in a kid barely running and scoring a goal two feet out. This could just end up being more "soccer is a joke in america" free press.

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