Jan 29 2013
TRILIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TO ADAPT BOOK BASED ON
ONE OF CANADA’S GREATEST HOCKEY STORIES —
SUDDEN DEATH: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos
January 29, 2013 (Regina, SK) Trilight Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce it has optioned Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos (Dundurn, 2012) and will produce a live-action feature film adaptation of the book. Award-winning Saskatchewan writer/director Rob King (Corner Gas, Hungry Hills) is on board to pen the adaptation.
Described by the Globe and Mail on February 2, 2008 as “The Most Amazing Hockey Story Ever”, the incredible-but-true saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos is brought to life in Sudden Death. After a tragic game-day bus accident left four of its star players dead, the Broncos made headlines across Canada when the team rebounded and won the prestigious CHL Memorial Cup only two years later.
Sudden Death is a spellbinding collaboration between three individuals with a unique connection to the unbelievable story: Bronco’s defenceman Bob Wilkie, WHL historian Gregg Drinnan, and Leesa Culp, the lone female witness to the infamous crash.
“We are extremely happy that we have been able to secure the option for this book,” states Shayne Putzlocher of Trilight Entertainment Inc. “The story of these players, and the community of Swift Current, overcoming such a huge adversity has always been overshadowed by other very publicized events. It is time to have their story told.” “It’s just a shame that due to recent decisions made by the Saskatchewan government and its continuing promotion of instability in the Saskatchewan film industry, we have to look at other jurisdictions in Canada to shoot this amazing story, which took place in none other than
the Premier’s hometown,” says Trilight Entertainment Inc.’s Holly Baird.
“Sudden Death is a remarkable story of loss and survival that resonates just as strongly now as it did twenty-seven years ago,” says Dundurn publisher Kirk Howard. “To have this remarkable story turned into a movie will not only introduce it to a new audience, it will ensure the legacy of the Swift Current Broncos.”