Matthew McConaughey football drama axed weeks before production

According to The Hollywood ReporterSkydance has officially decided to cancel production on its long-planned sports drama film Dallas Sting, which would have told the true story of how a soccer team made up of Dallas high school girls beat the odds by winning against other experienced teams in China. The cancellation happened just weeks before production was to begin on the film.

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The outlet’s sources note that Skydance and its producers had a hard time letting go of the project, especially since they felt this kind of inspirational story needed to be told. However, after discovering undisclosed damning claims about some aspects of the true story, Skydance and the producers felt they had no choice but to scrap the film.

Dallas Sting would have been directed by Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. This was confirmed by the business Book smart star Kaitlyn Dever was also attached to portray coach Bill Kinder’s daughter. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland was previously set to direct the film.

McConaughey was expected to play coach Bill Kinder, who leads the ragtag group of Texas teenagers toward a destiny similar to Rocky – despite having no experience coaching the sport. It was an underdog film written by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.

In 1984, China invited the US American football team to the first World Cup, which was a big step for international relations. The only problem was that the country did not have a women’s soccer team to represent the United States. Because of this, they recruited a group of Dallas high school girls through a nationwide search.

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Dallas Sting was developed by Skydance and Berlanti Schechter Productions. It was produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robbie Rogers, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.

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