I saw this morning that the first season of Chicago Fire, the latest from Baylor screenwriting partners Derek Haas (BA ’91, MA ’95) and Michael Brandt (BBA ’91, MA ’94), is out on DVD today. Season two of the series premieres Sept. 24, and the show’s spin-off, Chicago PD, debuts later this fall.
That got me to thinking: What other films or TV shows should be in a Baylor grad’s media library, based on the Bears who played important roles in front of (or behind) the camera? Here’s a quick list of prominent examples.
- 2 Fast, 2 Furious (written by Brandt/Haas)
- 3:10 to Yuma (written by Brandt/Haas)
- The Alamo (written and directed by John Lee Hancock, BA ’79, JD ’82)
- The Blind Side (written/directed by Hancock)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (directed by Kevin Reynolds, BA ’74, JD ’76)
- The Double (written by Brandt/Haas, directed by Brandt)
- Fandango (directed by Reynolds)
- My Dog Skip (produced by Hancock)
- One Night with the King (based on the novel by Mark Andrew Olsen, BA ’89)
- A Perfect World (written by Hancock)
- Red Dawn (co-written by Reynolds)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (directed by Reynolds)
- The Rookie (directed by Hancock)
- Shrek (art director Doug Rogers, BFA ’82)
- Snow White and the Huntsman (written by Hancock)
- Wanted (written by Brandt/Haas)
- Waterworld (directed by Reynolds)
- Chicago Fire (created by Brandt/Haas)
- Drop Dead Diva (starring Jackson Hurst, BBA ’99, as Grayson)
- Hatfields & McCoys (directed by Reynolds)
- Any of Jeff Dunham’s Comedy Central specials (starring Dunham, BA ’86)
- The Office (starring Angela Kinsey, BA ’93, as Angela)
- Wings (starring Crystal Bernard, ’79, as Helen)
Bill Bickley, BA ’69, deserves his own special note here. After writing for such classic series as The Partridge Family, Happy Days and The Love Boat, Bickley played a large role in developing ABC’s original late 1980s/early 1990s “TGIF” programming block, first producing Perfect Strangers and later co-creating such shows as Family Matters and Step by Step.
And how could I forget Where the Heart Is? The film’s climatic scene, as Natalie Portman’s character confesses her true love, was actually filmed on the Baylor campus back in 1999.
Sic ’em, Bears in Hollywood!