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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Former Laker Girl to Direct Upcoming Dance Comedy 

Posted by Sasha at 10:29 AM ET

'Matadors' flick touted by Disney not a done deal
By Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times

July 11, 2008

Are the Chicago Bulls' Matadors, the big boys of basketball who entertain fans during home games, headed to the big screen?

Disney made that hefty claim this week, but a spokesman for the team says that's like celebrating a championship before you've even scored your first three-pointer of the season.

Steve Schanwald, executive vice president of business operations for the Bulls, confirmed the team has had conversations with various parties but told the Sun-Times that a feature-length film based on the popular, rotund male cheerleaders "is a long way from being a done deal at this point and, until it is, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

What we do know is Disney optioned a script titled "The Matadors." Former Los Angeles Laker Girl and choreographer Anne Fletcher ("27 Dresses," "Step Up") has been tapped to direct the dance comedy, about a pair of superfans who start up a professional male cheerleading team.

"These guys who are the ultimate fans," she told the Hollywood Reporter. "The biggest deed they can do is dance and cheerlead for their team. I wanted to do an all-out comedy, and having the dance elements, that was icing on the cake.''

It's hard to imagine a film titled "The Matadors" not being about the Chicago team. Then again, we never thought a film called "Chicago" would be primarily shot in Toronto, either.

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