Hockey fans, filmmakers prepare to hoist 'Cup'


Screenwriter John Rice will make his directorial debut on "Stan's Cup," a comedy set in the world of old-timers' hockey. Sarah Finn is producing and casting.

The movie centers on a once-great hockey player who gives his hometown, known as Hockeytown USA, a pseudo rematch of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game against a Russian team of former Olympians. Rice also wrote the script.

The filmmakers see the movie having a "Full Monty" vibe rather than one of a traditional sports movie, focusing on an unusual place and its inhabitants.

"Cup" is being financed by Old Timers Llp., based in North Dakota and Minnesota. Old Timers principals include Fargo real estate developer Jeff Schlossman; John Erickson, who runs international hockey schools and on whom the movie is loosely based; and Kirk Roos, writer of the original story on which the script is based. He'll also exec produce.

"Cup" is eyeing a spring shoot in Warroad, Minn.

Rice is repped by Gersh, which packaged the financing. (partialdiff)