It has been learned that there is going to be a movie chronicling the 1980’s Los Angeles Lakers called, “Showtime”. The person they have tabbed to play Lakers coach Pat Riley is none other than actor Al Pacino.
We get more from Flicksided:
A trusted source has informed us that Al Pacino will star as Pat Riley in the tentatively titled “Showtime,” a film about the fast times and eventual fallout of the 80s Los Angeles Lakers dynasty (Riley heading to NYC, Magic Johnson contracting HIV, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becoming a pariah, etc.).
Apparently, Robert De Niro as Vince Lombardi got some wheels turning in Hollywood. Given the amount of screenwriters who are Los Angeles Lakers fans, a producer probably went out and picked up a script as soon as he/she realized that Pacino and Riley were doppelgangers. The real interesting part of this story is that the same kind of CGI technology used on Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will apparently be used to make Pacino appear younger during the bulk of the film, which takes place in the 80s and 90s.
Nothing like a little bit of CGI-Al Pacino to finish off the day.
I am hoping though that this movie does come to fruition and I have no doubt in my mind that Pacino could play Pat Riley. He did a solid job as a football coach in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, so the stretch is not too big here.
My only real question left is whose going to play Paula Abdul, Jack Nicholson or Dyan Cannon?
(Courtesy of Flicksided)