ESPN''s Bill Simmons will be an executive producer, along with Connor Schell, on the film Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, and Lake Bell. Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a sports agent attempting to recruit a pair of teenage Indian cricket players to play professional baseball.
Simmons, of course, has been listed as an executive producer on all of the 30 for 30 documentaries, and Schell has also done work on the 30 for 30 films. Putting the pair on Million Dollar Arm makes sense, considering it's a true story and something that could have reasonably worked well as a 30 for 30 instead of a feature film.
But let's be honest here: whether the movie succeeds or fails, it won't be because of Simmons. Million Dollar Arm has a talented cast, a solid director in Craig Gillespie, and all of the praise or derision should be heaped upon them as opposed to Simmons - yet I have a feeling that might not happen with Simmons' name attached. Million Dollar Arm will be released on May 16th.
@awfulannouncing If everyone likes his project as much as he likes himself, it will be a smashing success.
@awfulannouncing what could go wrong?
@awfulannouncing His script notes are going to be of epically long proportions.
@awfulannouncing His transformation to Hollywood douche is now complete.
@awfulannouncing will he take his mouth of Brady's penis long enough to do this?
@awfulannouncing would def wager on Bill over and over and over.
Executive producers in feature films are usually money people or dealmakers or people involved with the original source material. Unlike TV where EPs run the show and directors are part of the crew, features are where directors run things not executive producers.