EXCLUSIVE: Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire) will portray legendary NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk in the biopic feature, Goalie, from Blue Ice Pictures. Adriana Maggs is directing the indie based on the Night Work poem by Randall Maggs and Sawchuk: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Goalie by David Dupuis.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Sawchuk played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for various teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and the New York Rangers between 1950 and 1970. The father of seven, who was believed to have been struggling with depression, was haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. He died at 40 from a pulmonary embolism.
Maggs wrote the screenplay with Jane Maggs. Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels are producing the pic with Neil Tabatznik and Mark O’Brien serving as executive producers.
O’Brien, who next appears in Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, and the untitled Noah Baumbach project, is repped by Thruline Entertainment, Don Buchwald & Associates, The Characters Talent Agency and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.