In terms of bad ideas, this is somewhere in between Greedo shooting first and the Ottawa Senators giving their three biggest contracts to three forwards. It is a "cherry on the sundae of suck" (/Film, August 2008) that Hollywood is so hard up for ideas that it just it's going to bowdlerize a sports movie that came from a specific time and place, the 1970s.
Granted, that was a period when America was down on its luck, which sounds somewhat germane to the times we're now living in. Honestly, though, the real fear is that all the other sports movies classics from the 1970s are going bowdlerized, bastardized and sanitized, which will be a shame. There was the Adam Sandler version of The Longest Yard; the Billy Bob Thornton-helmed Bad News Bears.
Bang The Drum Slowly and North Dallas Forty have to be in development. God. At least the hack who's rewriting Slap Shot, Peter Steinfeld, knows what he's up against:
“Right now I'm finishing writing the re-make of the iconic hockey movie Slap Shot for Universal. I’ve never had so many people hate me for writing something they haven’t seen yet. (Emphasis mine.) It’s such a classic film and fans of the original feel like I’m grave-robbing or something. But I think the movie will be really fun and will capture what it’s like to play minor league hockey in 2008. We haven’t set cast yet..."Uh, Pete? They have seen it, and they don't care to have it revised by someone whos words such as "iconic" like it might win him an Amana gas range.
Slap Shot remake gets a director; Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot will tackle the job (Total Film)
Parisot skates to 'Slap Shot' remake; Universal sets director for update (Variety)