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

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.

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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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