Ron Shelton has written some of the most well-known and beloved sports films in movie history. The writer behind such classics like Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump as well as recent films like Tin Cup and Cobb, Shelton had faded away from his bread and butter taking on the role of Hollywood script doctor over the years.
After an eight year hiatus, he returned with the TV movie, Hound Dogs last year, but now it seems Shelton has returned back to the genre that made him a Hollywood name.
Variety reports that Shelton has written an officially licensed NFL drama that chronicles the last three weeks of the NFL season as seen through the eyes of fictional players, coaches and their significant others. Titled Week 14, the script is currently being shopped around with hopes that the upcoming NFL season will get investor's hopes up and filming can begin early next year.
The story is "aimed to be a four-quadrant movie in the vein of Crash." The only caveat to this project is that though it will be officially licensed by the NFL – meaning production can use logos, team names, etc. – the film will have to get a PG-13 as the NFL is very proud of their family-friendly image.
Here's the thing though, Shelton doesn't write PG-13 films, the exception being the long-forgotten Harrison Ford/Josh Hartnett buddy flick Hollywood Homicide and 1986's The Best of Times which had its original R rating overturned by the MPAA.
Are you concerned that Shelton's script might be toned down to get the PG-13 rating? While the project sounds intriguing, would the production aiming toward a specific rating sway you from watching this film, or will it all depend on what we see in the initial trailers and clips, should the film get that far down the line?