Universal sets director for update

Universal Pictures is ready to drop the puck on its “Slap Shot” remake, setting Dean Parisot to direct the redo of the 1977 hockey comedy classic.

Peter Steinfeld (“21″) is penning the script; Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

The original starred Paul Newman as the fading player/coach of a minor league hockey team. Trying to hype the Charlestown Chiefs for a possible move South, the coach ramps up interest by turning his team into a group of brawling thugs.

When Steinfeld took the writing job and spoke about it last summer, Internet pundits were critical of the notion of updating a favorite sports film. Yet such nostalgic resistance certainly did not hurt “The Longest Yard, remake, a global hit that grossed far more than the original.

Parisot last helmed a remake of another comedy “Fun With Dick and Jane.”

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