Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:21

Trilight Entertainment to adapt book about Broncos' 1986 bus tragedy into feature film

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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.”
Trilight Entertainment Inc. is a partnership between film industry veterans Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher. The Trilight partners are a creative and innovative team of experienced and dedicated production professionals committed to producing indigenous Canadian programming and international commercial product. They have produced four feature films in Saskatchewan since forming in 2009.
Established in 1972, Dundurn Press evolved from a small publisher of Canadian history, politics, and biography to a leading Canadian trade publisher of Canadian non-fiction, literary fiction, art books, and young adult fiction. Dundurn Press publishes 100 new titles per year, many of which have been nominated for, or have won major awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the National Business Book Award, and the Toronto Book Award.
For more information visit www.dundurn.com.

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