Screenwriter John Rice plans to make his directorial debut with Stan's Cup, a comedy set in the world of old-timers' hockey.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie centers on a broken-down, once-great hockey player who gets a chance to finally 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. Rice also wrote the script.
The filmmakers see the movie having a The Full Monty vibe rather than one of a traditional sports movie, focusing on an unusual place and the eccentric people who inhabit it.
Stan's Cup is eyeing a spring shoot in Warroad, Minn., which like Detroit bills itself as Hockeytown USA.