Posted at 4:59 PM on April 14, 2008
by Euan Kerr
It takes most people a while to break into movies, but for former Twins pitcher Scott Erickson it took a week. Just days after being released by the New York Yankees at the end of his baseball career he was in Montana on the set of a movie as the producer.
Of course it wasn't quite that simple. "A Plumm Summer" has been in development for sometime, with Erickson's wife Lisa Guerrero signed on as one of the stars. Guerrero was at one time the sideline reporter for Monday Night Football, and had mixed journalism and acting ever since. When the project needed financial backing Erickson stepped in and he and Guerrero became executive producers.
Now two and a half years later, the film is done and Erickson and Geurrero are on the publicity trail. The movie will open on the 25th in 7 Twin Cities theaters.
Minnesota is one of just four markets where the film will open. It will expand if it catches on.
The film is aimed at a family audience. It's based on the true story of what happened in the 1960's when the star of Montana's most popular children's TV show, a puppet named "Froggy-Doo" was stolen - or more popularly described as kidnapped. When a ransom note arrived the FBI was called in as it was considered an extortion case.
"A Plumm Summer" is a mixture of fun and slapstick, leavened with a few deeper issues about family bonds, all designed to keep a range of ages interested.
Guerrero says she hopes this is the first of a series of family friendly films that their production company (called Home Team) makes. The film has already received a good response on the festival circuit and positively reviewed by Variety. Guerrero says the plans are already in place for DVD sales, as this is where the market for such films lies.
When asked what's next, Erickson says plans are already in the works for a sequel.