‘Youngblood’ Reimagining In Works From Aircraft Pictures & Dolphin Entertainment; Charles Officer Directing

‘Youngblood’ Reimagining In Works From Aircraft Pictures & Dolphin Entertainment; Charles Officer Directing

Youngblood follows hockey prodigy Dean Youngblood, who joins the Hamilton Bulldogs and discovers he must face off against toxic behavior on the ice and within himself, to fulfill his dream of being drafted into the National Hockey League. The original film, distributed by MGM, starred Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in his feature debut, and has since become a cult classic among hockey fans.

Josh Epstein & Kyle Rideout, Seneca Aaron and Officer penned the script for the new film, which will be distributed in Canada by Photon Films — being made with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund, as well as Ontario Creates and the Shaw Rocket Fund. Aircraft’s Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen will produce, with Jake Yanowski serving as co-producer. Exec producers on the film include Dolphin’s Bill O’Dowd and Emerson Davis, as well as Photon Films’ Mark Slone and Zanne Devine.

“Quite a bit has changed since Youngblood premiered more than thirty years ago,” said Aircraft’s Co-Founder and Co-President, Leo. “With a visionary director like Charles, and with support from our financial partners and Dolphin Entertainment, this adaptation couldn’t be in better hands.”

“In revisiting the Youngblood story, we’re given an opportunity to take this incredibly emotional and entertaining narrative and update it for an entirely new generation,” said Dolphin Entertainment’s CEO, O’Dowd. “We’re excited to flip the original story on its head and explore how its themes of family, coming-of-age and masculinity will resonate differently today.”

“The opportunity to re-imagine the beloved classic hockey drama Youngblood is a gift,” added Officer, “and I am excited to bring a fresh story that centers on an African American hockey prodigy to the screen.”

Officer is represented by GGA and 3 Arts Entertainment; Aaron by Harrison Artists Management; and Epstein and Rideout by Echo Lake Entertainment, the Jennifer Hollyer Agency and Michael Schenkman at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

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