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.
Patrick Massett and John Zinmann, writers for “Friday Night Lights,” plan to write the screenplay for the Switzer movie, and Smith will produce the film with brothers Thad and Trent Luckinbill, according to reports.
Smith produced “P.S. I Love You” and was executive producer on "The Blind Side," which she brought to Alcon. She was a production executive at Alcon before forming 2S Films with Hilary Swank.
“The Bootlegger's Boy” was published in 1990, a year after Switzer resigned as OU football coach. Switzer, who later went on to coach the Dallas Cowboys, revealed that insinuations involving drugs and gambling pressured him into resigning.
The book tells of his turbulent boyhood in Arkansas, including his mother's suicide and murder of his father.