The film follows a young Texas teen, Bliss, who rebels against her beauty pageant obsessed parents and enters the female roller derby circuit. The film is penned by Derby star Shauna Cross- a.k.a Maggie Mayhem
Originally set to roll at Warner Bros. – the film re-teams star Page with Mandate, which was also the company behind Juno.
Whip It! sounds like a potentially interesting project, but a film set in the Roller Derby world seems a tad out of date. For a brief period in the late seventies/ early eighties, Roller Derby was everywhere. Raquel Welsh even starred in a big Roller Derby film called Kansas City Bomber. The fad petered out once disco died. If they make this a period film it could be a lot of fun. If it’s contemporary than it might be in for trouble- as there’s no one out there who really cares about Roller Derby anymore.
It sounds to me like Mandate is trying to get themselves another Juno, with Page once again playing a quirky teen. It might work, as Page is definitely a hot property these days. Whether or not Barrymore has any talent behind the camera remains to be seen, and I don’t think Barrymore’s a particularly great actress. Then again, I wasn’t a Ben Affleck fan either, but his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, turned out to be one of my favorite films of the year.