John Rice Helming Stan’s Cup


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