Skydance, Matthew McConaughey drop ‘Dallas Sting’ movie after investigation – deadline

A film about women’s football based on facts in the style of Rocky Dallas Sting was suddenly discontinued six weeks into production. Full details were not yet available, but the image was dropped for inappropriateness Skydance and the producers were aware. After investigating, the allegations were serious enough to force them to withdraw from the film.

It’s also out Matthew McConaughey, who was supposed to star as coach of a group of high school girls from Dallas who went to China in 1984 and defeated some of the best women’s teams from China, Australia and Italy. Kaitlyn Dever was supposed to play the coach’s daughter.

This made for a truly inspiring sports film and I understand that the Skydance production bosses and producers are heartbroken to release this film. But the tight deadline and the charges left them with little choice. Kari Skogland was to direct the film developed by Skydance and Produced by Berlanti Schechter. Skydance financed. Apple, which has an overall deal with Skydance, got a first look at the film, but it’s unclear if the streamer has committed.

Production was scheduled to begin in October in New Orleans. Skydance and Berlanti Schechter won the auction for the rights to Flinder Boyd’s unpublished article, which was adapted into a screenplay by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (SHINE).

McConaughey signed on to play Bill Kinder, a coach leading a ragtag group of Texas teenagers toward a Rocky-esque destiny, long before the U.S. women’s national team achieved Olympic and World Cup dominance.

In 1984, President Reagan made a concerted effort to open relations with China. China, on the other hand, invited America to send its American national team to the first world championship they held for women’s soccer. There was only one problem – there was no US women’s soccer team. A nationwide search led officials to a league of Dallas high school girls 19 and under who called themselves The Sting, after the recent Robert Redford and Paul Newman hit movie. Led by Kinder — who had no prior soccer coaching experience before forming the team — the story of how this passionate group of young women made it to China was miraculous. And what they did against the world’s best women’s teams from China, Australia and Italy — made up of grown women who had played together for years — was nothing short of a miracle.

In order to form the team almost 40 years ago, Kinder had to get confirmation from a gynecologist that playing football would not harm a woman’s reproductive organs. Texas parents who envisioned their daughters waving pom-poms at halftime soon became cheerleaders for this eclectic mix of girls, trained to precision by a coach like Lombardi, and became a local powerhouse. Then they overcame red tape just to get the trip, and rose to the occasion despite being underdogs against dominant international teams. It was all run by a coach who had so much faith in The Sting that he charged $85,000 on his credit card for non-refundable tickets to ensure the team would go to China, where many expected them to lose badly.

Unfortunately, this dashes hopes that the inspired story of these heroic female footballers will be commemorated on screen. There are no comments from the director at this time.

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