As you all know by now, anything Derek Cianfrance does has my attention. I also used to be a bit of an ESPN junkie when I was younger, so this news about the Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines helmer being set to direct a film about the early days of the cable sports network certainly is music to my ears. The book is called ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun, and the project is set up at Focus Features. No one has been signed to write the adaptation yet, but I’d love to see Aaron Sorkin get a crack at this one (and considering the same producers who worked with him on The Social Network are handling this one, I think it’s quite possible he’ll at least receive a phone call). You can read more about this below, but this is another movie I can’t wait to see!
Here’s the story from Variety:
“Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance is in talks to direct “ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun” for Focus about the rise of the dominant sports channel.
The project is based on the James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales book , an oral history that spotlighted how ESPN started and where it is today.
Fox acquired the rights to the New York Times bestseller in May 2011 but the project was put into turnaround when the studio couldn’t figure out how to adapt it into a feature. Focus then picked it up and moved fast to get a director on it.
Known more for his serious dramas like “Blue Valentine” and “Place Beyond the Pines,” Cianfrance has gotten recent praise for his commercials for Dick’s Sporting Goods that show his passion for sports.
Cianfrance is repped by CAA.
The Wrap first broke the news.
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