Semi-Pro’s Journey to the Past


“When I first read the script for Semi-Pro, I was struck by the very intelligent story, and that made me laugh out loud every other line,” recalls Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Simultaneously, I was envisioning a look, including textures and colors that evoked the appropriate feelings for this story.”

Semi-Pro is based on the 1976 merger of the semi-professional American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The four top teams in an ABA playoff competition would be invited to join the NBA. The story is set in Flint, MI, where the (fictitious) Tropics are contending to be one of the final four. The New Line Cinema film was directed by veteran executive producer Kent Alterman, taking his first turn at the helm, and Scot Armstrong's script called for much of the story to be staged in the arena where the team played its home games.

(Source: Film and Video)


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