Casting is underway on a Slap Shot – remember that one? Paul Newman? Ice-Hockey? – spin-off, centering on a group of much-younger puck-pushing players.
Slap Shot : Junior League, penned by Brad Riddell (“American Pie : Band Camp”), takes a page out of the Mighty Ducks‘ book. It centers on a group of Orphans, led by a young woman named Riley, who not only have to convince the town that they’re worth mention in a form guide, but save their homes at the same time. The film is complete with stuff the kiddies will love – 14-year-old commentators, lots of kids getting up to mischief scenes, and a bunch of dissimilar characters (some about as useful as a box of shoelaces).
The one thing I appreciated about the script, which I had the pleasure of scrawling through on the weekend, was that it has a couple nods in it to the original film – mostly, the fact that ‘Newman’ is the surname of one of the characters. One of the main characters.