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Those of you educated in the art of cinema- a rare and hardy group though you are- will perhaps instinctively recoil at any film project that openly describes itself as a “skiing dramedy.” And, if so, it reflects rather well upon your intellect. In this instance, however, there may be a saving grace and that is director Ron Underwood. If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell it is because he has been relatively quiet on the big-screen during the last decade, but earned his renown with the consecutive films of Tremors and City Slickers, but now he is back and ready to direct an original screenplay entitled Woodchucks.
Underwood’s low profile of late is, broadly speaking, a consequence of a lack of good scripts post-City Slickers which culminated in the appalling The Adventures of Pluto Nash starring Eddie Murphy, which earned him a Razzie nomination and made huge box office losses. »
- Ben Szwediuk
Len Britton is a former professional ski coach. He was, even more, 2009 running for U.S. Senate as a Republican and told that understood problems Vermonters face. Britton is the father of five children and I believe he is the right person to pen such a scenario. Despite his only sci-fi movie wasn’t well-liked.
On the other side, Parks’ co-written Cinderella is far a better movie so no needs to doubt him. Rick Park is a Vermonter too and is partnered with Britton in the Vermont-based media company Britton-Broyles Media.
The dramatic comedy follows a Vermont ski team as it tries to prevent a corporate resort developer from wrecking their local mountain. Principal photography is set to begin at the »
- Nikola Mraovic
Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Tremors) is set to direct a new ski dramedy called Woodchucks. The story centers on a Vermont ski community attempting to prevent a corporate resort designer from taking over their mountain (so, Out Cold?). The script was written by Len Britton (Precious Find) and Rick Parks (Ever After), and Risky Business reports that filming is set to get underway next ski season in Vermont. Here’s what Underwood had to say regarding the project: “It’s been a long time since Downhill Racer, and while Woodchucks is certainly a lighter tone, it has the makings of the first exciting narrative ski movie in a long time. I’m an avid skier and I can’t wait to showcase the sport.” After a string of successes, Underwood was put in a bit of a director’s doghouse after the disastrous Eddie Murphy vehicle The Adventures of Pluto Nash. »
- Adam Chitwood
3 items from 2011
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