There will be some loud jackets to fill when the CBC starts casting its latest made-for-TV movie: the Don Cherry story.
“We’re trying to find out if Brad Pitt can play the leading role,” jokes the movie’s protagonist. “Maybe George Clooney could play me in the later years.”
Pitt would actually be more appropriate since the two-part movie, written by Cherry’s son Tim, deals mostly with the Coach’s Corner star’s early life in hockey’s minor leagues. In fact, it will end when Cherry meets Ron MacLean, 24 years ago.
The movie is still in the development stages, with the younger Cherry’s script being massaged by award-winning writer Paul Quarrington. Once CBC gives it the green light, shooting is expected to start this summer with next spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs the target launch date.
I’m not exactly sure how you massage a script, and if it’s similar to massaging a prostate, but only good things can come of this.
Cherry movie in the works (TheStar.com)