Former OU football coach Barry Switzer in talks about movie based on his life

Former OU coach Barry Switzer denies movie will be based on his autobiography “The Bootlegger's Boy.”
by Mel Bracht Published: March 9, 2012
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Former OU coach Barry Switzer said he has lengthy discussions with Molly Smith, producer of “The Blind Side,” about developing a movie based on his life. But Switzer told The Oklahoman on Friday that a movie deal has not been reached.

“If I have the input that I want into it, if they give me that ability, it will get done,” Switzer said.

Switzer denied reports Friday that the movie would be based on his 1990 autobiography, “The Bootlegger's Boy.”

“It's not going to be as people remember ‘Bootlegger's Boy.' It will have a message and meaning. I spent several hours with the writers when I was out in L.A. It's going to be a human interest story.”

Switzer also said the film would not center on his career as OU football coach, which included three national championships.

“That's not the highlight,” he said. “It's not about winning championships, national and Big Eight championships. That's story is old and told. That does not make for a movie.”

According to published reports, Smith has formed a new production company, Belle Pictures, and has secured a four-year first-look deal to produce movies and TV properties in association with Alcon Entertainment.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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