John Rice to drink from comedy 'Cup'

Scribe will make his directorial debut with the hockey film

John Rice, the screenwriter whose credits include "Blown Away" and "Windtalkers," will make his directorial debut on "Stan's Cup," a comedy set in the world of old-timers' hockey.

Sarah Finn, the casting director behind such films as "Crash," "Iron Man" and "Crazy/Beautiful," is producing and casting.

The movie centers on a broken-down, once-great hockey player who gets a chance to finally fill his legendary father's skates by giving his hometown, known as Hockeytown USA, a pseudo rematch of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game against a Russian team of ex-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 the eccentric people who inhabit it.

"Cup" is being financed by an investment group, 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 upon whom the movie is loosely based; and Kirk Roos, writer of the original story on which the script is based. He'll also serve as an exec producer.

"Cup" is eyeing a spring shoot in Warroad, Minn., which like Detroit bills itself as Hockeytown USA.

Rice is repped by Gersh, which packaged the financing.