A film crew plans to use Sioux City as the backdrop for a movie about a real-life minor league baseball enthusiast. Julie Campbell is the producer of “The 26th Man” which will focus on the near-five-decades-long career of pitcher, coach and manager Ed Nottle. She says some of it has been fictionalized but most of it’s based on Ed’s life. It’ll be an independent feature film for theatrical release.
Campbell says she and the crew will be scouting out shooting locations this summer all around Sioux City, with filming to begin in the spring of 2007. She says 40 to 50-percent of the film will be shot there and they’ll need thousands of extras to fill the stadium for various scenes, as well as shots in restaurants and elsewhere.
Campbell says they hope to get some big-name stars to sign on for the major roles. She says Bill Murray has a copy of the script and they hope he’ll take the lead as Nottle. Nottle will be a technical consultant for the film.
Nottle became the first manager of the Sioux City Explorers in 1993 and four years later, became co-owner, president and field manager of the team — only the second person in the history of professional baseball to do so. For more information about the movie, surf to: “www.mcpfilms.com”.
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