Kevin Durant (Leon Bennett/Getty)Over the past few months, we have posted several updates on the status of Kevin Durant's new film. The plot, from what we knew, concerned Durant swapping his talents with those of a high school also-ran, sort of like that one part of "Space Jam" blown up to a feature film with a considerably smaller budget. It can't miss!
Now, we have even more information on what's sure to be the best film of whichever year it hits theaters. Here are more details from Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman (via Marcel Mutoni):
Durant will be filming scenes for "Thunderstruck" in Oklahoma City in the next few days, including a session that is scheduled to be shot inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The studio's original plan was to shoot footage at a preseason game, but the lockout-shortened season limited the Thunder to only one preseason home game as each team dealt with a rushed start to the season. It's possible that filmmakers will shoot action at the Jan. 23 home game against Detroit and/or the Jan. 25 home game against New Orleans.
The bulk of filming was done in Baton Rouge, La. back in September. But prior to the movie being completed, certain shots that can only be produced in Oklahoma City must be captured. The movie has been granted license from the NBA to use the Thunder's name and logo and other league property, meaning real game footage will be used and Durant will be seen in his Thunder jersey, possibly with teammates and Thunder coach Scott Brooks making cameos.
So, if you see Durant missing lots of shots against the Pistons or Hornets, do not be alarmed. He's an artist who really gets into his characters. It's called Method acting, and it's totally legitimate.
The real story here, of course, is the title, which is pretty much perfect for a lighthearted family film of this sort. Not only is it a great pun on Durant's team, but it'll also allow for a nice moment in the trailer (and climax) when the AC/DC song plays and everyone gets pumped for some intense basketball action. Or, if the studio wants to save some money, we'll hear a legally sound copy of the hard rock classic. It'll be just as awesome, I'm sure.