NEW ORLEANS — Everyone already knows that New Orleans is not over the “NOLA No-Call.” And maybe Hollywood is not over it either.
According to The Advocate, a movie might be in the works that chronicle all of the drama surrounding the controversial no-call in the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams.
In a press release obtained by the newspaper, Prior Military Productions claims that filming for a movie project “Get the Ref” will begin this summer. The group says it is planning to tell a story that centers around fans “bound and determined to get the ref who missed the call.”
“We wanted to make a film with impact reflective of social events. The tragedy that befell Saints fans needs some kind of retribution,” the company’s president Joanne Busch said in the press release.
The release also claims that Danny Devito has been tapped to play a “Cajun sheriff” and Ed Helms is in talks to play one character.
A Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation. The Rams went on to win the game and then lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.
NFL officials acknowledged after the game that flags should have been thrown. But that has done little to assuage Saints fans.
The no-call set off an explosion of outrage in New Orleans with calls to boycott the Super Bowl. Even months later, blind referee costumes and yellow penalty flags were all the rage during the city’s Mardi Gras festivities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.