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Billy Ray Throws Into Hurricane Season

Published July 25, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Lionsgate.
Billy Ray Billy Ray on set of Shattered Glass
Though I thought moviegoers were getting burned out on football movies, the studios seem to think otherwise. With films like Gridiron Gang and Invincible coming our way one would assume the genre has been capped. But nooooo, Billy Ray figures why not one more.

Billy Ray to Direct Hurricane Season

According to THR, Universal Pictures has picked up Billy Ray to write an adaptation of the upcoming documentary by Franklin Martin titled Walking on Dead Fish. Ray will also direct.

Titled Hurricane Season, the film will tell the true story of the football team at East St. John High School, near New Orleans. The team struggled with integrating displaced students from surrounding high school teams, trying to help rebuild their community after Katrina while fighting to become champions on the field

Not to sound like a jerk, but whoo-pe-di-doo.

"It's about something that I love, which is this idea of what sports can do to a community," Ray said in an interview. "In this case, it's a team that came together to both literally and figuratively rebuild the city around it. I find that completely compelling."

Ray will travel to New Orleans at the end of August to start his research, which will include catching a football game as well as talking to the players, the coach and the fans. In order to work on the project Billy Ray has put his other film, Breach, on hold.

Stay tuned for updates.

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