Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Legendary Entertainment Picks Up Baseball Drama One Shot at Forever

Legendary Entertainment picks up the baseball drama One Shot at Forever

On the heels of their success with the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Legendary Entertainment has picked up the baseball-themed project entitled One Shot at Forever, which is based on a true story.

Wes Jones has been tapped to write the adapted screenplay, based on Chris Ballard's book One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season.

The story is set in a small Illinois town in 1971 and follows a hippie English teacher who reluctantly took on the school's baseball coaching vacancy. He transformed the team in more ways than one, with his players sporting long hair and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, as they moved up the high school ranks to square off with an established Chicago team in the state finals. The project is being compared to classic sports movies such as The Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Remember the Titans.

Michael Tollin, who has produced sports movies such as Radio, Varsity Blues, and Coach Carter, is producing, with Peter Guber serving as executive producer. No production schedule was given.

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