May 23, 2024

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Hockey Drama Set for New Adaptation

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The 1986 hockey basic Youngblood is getting a reboot, courtesy of director Charles Officer. Plane Photos and Dolphin Leisure introduced the remake, which can focus on African-American hockey participant named Dean Youngblood, who relocates from Detroit to Hamilton, Ontario to play for the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs. There, he should deal with toxicity from inside and with out if he intends to succeed in his objectives; successful Canadian junior hockey’s high trophy, the Memorial Cup, and enjoying within the Nationwide Hockey League.

Alongside the way in which, he will get mentored by the crew captain, faces off with a rival goon, and romances his coach’s daughter. Director Officer is not any stranger to the quickest recreation on ice; he was a hockey participant himself, enjoying for the minor-league Georgetown Raiders and the British Hockey League’s Norwich and Peterborough Pirates earlier than retiring as a result of damage. Officer mentioned of the mission, “The chance to re-imagine the beloved basic hockey drama Youngblood is a present, and I’m excited to convey a recent story that facilities on an African American hockey prodigy to the display.”


Within the 1986 MGM authentic, Rob Lowe portrays Youngblood, who performs for the fictional Hamilton Mustangs. Gifted with offensive abilities however missing in physicality, Youngblood finds a extra balanced recreation after being mentored by older teammate Derek Sutton (Patrick Swayze), and finds romance within the type of Cynthia Gibb. The film options appearances by modern NHL stars Peter Zezel and Steve Thomas, and likewise incorporates the big-screen debut of a younger Keanu Reeves, who was a hockey participant himself. It was a reasonable field workplace success on the time, however discovered its viewers later because of cable TV and residential video, and is taken into account a basic, albeit a tacky one, by hockey followers.

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Officer is a veteran actor and director, and has helmed episodes of a lot of Canadian TV exhibits, together with Non-public Eyes, Coroner, and The Porter. He has beforehand directed two options, 2008’s Nurse.Fighter.Boy, and 2020’s Akilla’s Escape. Josh Epstein, Kyle Rideout, Seneca Aaron, and Officer will write the script. Invoice O’Dowd and Emerson Davis will function government produce for Dolphin Leisure; Mark Slone and Zanne Devine will government produce for Photon Movies. Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen will produce; Jake Yanowski will co-produce.

Youngblood is slated to start taking pictures in early 2023.

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