Meyer immediately took a liking to the woman who would be bringing the words to his story on the big screen.
“We had such a wonderful first conversation,” Miller said about Meyer. “I said, ‘Here is my take about you. It is not about the wins. Every coach wants to win.’ I told him this script is not going to be about his wins or some big game but his influence on his players. That is why he coaches. That is his legacy.”
Miller spent a lot of time talking to Meyer’s former players at Lipscomb and Northern State. Her two main NSU sources were Sundance Wicks and Smiley.
An inspired Miller wrote the screenplay in 30 days. Now the screenplay is in the rewriting phase. Miller and her teammates are always striving to produce the best product possible.
“It is a work in progress,” she said.
All three loved their time in Aberdeen and the people they met, and are looking forward to returning to make a movie. “It is a beautiful area with great people,” Bond said.
Things to know
- Ralph E. Portillo will be the director of the Don Meyer movie by Moonglow Films.
- Members of the executive team at Moonglow Films are Hollywood veterans Carol Miller, Brad Wilson, Justin Moritt and Fabio, one of a handful of international celebrities who are recognized by a single name.
- “Moneyball” actor Casey Bond was in Aberdeen with Miller and Wilson on Thursday.
- No names were released, but some big-time Hollywood actors have expressed interest in the project.
- Wilson produced the inspirational movie "Set Apart," which was shot in 2009 in Spearfish. “What a beautiful place,” said Wilson, who became a fan of buffalo meat while in South Dakota.