Is it too late for us to revise that list we posted earlier today of unnecessarily bland titles? Because a doozy just landed on our laptops. Variety is reporting that the Weinstein Company has bought the rights to the 3-D animated feature Foosball, also known as Metegol in its native Argentina. Co-written and directed by Juan José Campanella—best-known for his Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner The Secret In Their Eyes, as well as for directing a lot of American TV—Foosball looks to be a mix between Toy Story and every underdog sports movie ever made, following a ragtag band of dismantled foosball men as they reassemble to help a meek loser beat his biggest rival. With a production cost of $21 million, the film is the most expensive animated feature ever made in Latin America, and is already a hit in South America, where it’s made back more than its budget since being released late last year.
According to the Variety article, the Weinsteins are planning to record a new English-language audio track for Foosball using recognizable Hollywood stars—even though there’s already an English version for the U.K. market featuring Rupert Gint and Anthony Head. But the new audio is hardly TWC’s most head-scratching move. The prize there goes to the new title the company is saddling Foosball with: Underdogs. Yep, Underdogs. A name that tells the movie’s potential audiences absolutely nothing.
Presumably, there’s some concern from the Weinstein Company that Americans won’t know what foosball is, or that we’ll think that the movie is about American football and not tabletop soccer. Or maybe the Weinsteins read our Newsreel item a couple of hours ago and thought, “Y’know what? Screw those guys. We’ll call our movies any boring-ass thing we want.”
That’s gotta be it, right?