Skydance no longer advances with Dallas Stinga football project with Matthew McConaughey that was to be directed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldieris Kari Skogland.
The disconnect comes as the inspirational drama was only six weeks away from beginning production and almost entirely sunk.
The feature film project, set in 1984, was to tell the true story of a Dallas women’s soccer team that traveled to China and, against all odds, defeated some of the best women’s teams in the world. . McConaughey was scheduled to play coach Bill Kinder, who led the team to wins over Australia, Japan and China and finally Italy in the championship game.
Sources say Skydance and the producers have received disturbing allegations regarding aspects of the true story the drama was based on. This investigation led Skydance and the producers to pull the plug, sources say.
Skydance, which produced with Berlanti Schechter Productions, declined to comment.
A source close to the decision noted Skydance and the producers were disappointed with the development, as they felt the story of the 1984 team and its young wives deserved to be told.
Library Kaitlyn Dever, who recently starred in Dope and appears in the upcoming George Clooney-Julia Roberts romantic comedy ticket to paradise, was cast as the coach’s daughter. And the production spent a considerable amount of effort and money on an extensive audition process to find real football players to then work on their acting abilities with.
The film, which had a script of GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, was to take place against the backdrop of President Ronald Reagan’s opening of relations with China. This decision highlights the potential risks that could arise when telling true stories.
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