First made in 1974 with the late Burt Reynolds and titled The Longest Yard (the rest of the world it was The Mean Machine) a based on a story by Al Ruddy, directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Tracy Keenan Wynn. It starred Reynolds as Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, a former star quarterback who is sentenced to 18 months in Citrus State Prison, where he puts together the Mean Machine team to play the guards’ team. Well now there’s news that The Mean Machine is remade again!
And yes you would be right that this is the third version of the story with director Peter Segal and written Sheldon Turner remaking it in 2005 with Adam Sandler. And if we’re going to be really pedantic there was a British version made before that in 2001 with Vinnie Jones so really when we say The Mean Machine is remade again it will be for the fourth time!
Van Toffler was an exec producer on the 2005 version is working on this latest version that will be written by Rodney Barnes who has previously written and produced series such as The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris, Marvel’s Runaways, American Gods and Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
No news yet on who will star
related feature : Burt Reynolds obituary