On Sunday I saw the trailer for the new Clint Eastwood movie, Trouble With the Curve, and was immediately enthralled.
I have a soft spot or sports movies, and with the recent success of Moneyball – and the upcoming release of Trouble With the Curve – it seems as though we might be slated for a round of new sports movies.
It seems to me that movie types travel in packs. For a while there will be a group of similarly-themed dramas, or there will be a new bunch of superhero movies, or a raunchy set of man-comedies/woman-comedies.
I don’t know exactly how Hollywood works – in fact, all I know about how Hollywood works, I got from TV and the movies – but I’m thinking that movies span movies.
If a writer is floating a script around The Town, then other writers, directors and even actors are going to see it, pick up on the ideas and write something of their own.
Of the thousands of scripts that are written on the sport of baseball, a few are deemed worthy of actual production and make it to the silver screen. Many of those movies about baseball are going to be similar – baseball being the common denominator, and all.
So, when a good one comes along, I enjoy watching, buying and watching again.
And when a good one that is based on a true story comes along, I enjoy it even more.
I’ve got a pretty good imagination and so when I watch a movie that flows directly from a writer’s creative juices, I think, “I could have written that,” or, “I would have done this differently.”
And, when the movie is completely imagined, the ending is almost always predictable and usually trite. When the movie is based on a true story, one already knows the ending, or thinks one does, and so while it is predictable, it works.
The problem with movies that are based on true life is, they make me examine everything I watch in current sports in the light of a possible “based on true events” movie.
For example, the Stephen Strasburg story that is playing out right now, with the Washington Nationals cutting his season short to keep him healthy.
Will that become a movie? Will events play out that the team goes on to win a World Series and he is on the bench because he reached a completely arbitrary number of innings pitched during the regular season?
How about the steroids story: Will it be made into a movie? How about Michael Clarke Duncan as Barry Bonds?
Fatten up Tom Hanks a little and he could play Mark McGwire.
Who would play Sammy Sosa? And maybe they could throw a little suspension of disbelief in the mix and have the ghost of Hank Aaron appear to some teenage kid and teach him what it means to be dope free.
Hmmm ... after a quick Google search, I’m not seeing anything in the works; maybe I’ll write the screenplay. Of course by the time my movie makes it to the big screen, there will be two or three just like it to compete against.