John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, is back in business with Fox 2000 and Temple Hill producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. He tweeted today that they will team on a movie about the formation of AFC Wimbledon.
When Wimbledon FC, one of the oldest and most storied British football clubs, was moved 56 miles north to Milton Keynes in 2002 despite massive opposition, the team’s fans were left abandoned, the heart of their community torn away. In response, a group of die-hard fans decided to start a new amateur club from scratch at the bottom of the ninth tier. The newly formed AFC Wimbledon would always be owned by its fans and would never be stolen away again by rich investors looking to profit.
The film tells the story of how AFC Wimbledon began and how, over the course of just a few years, a ragtag group of underdogs managed to climb five tiers and become a professional team in the Football League. Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to this story. Temple Hill Entertainment is producing this project along with John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas. Erin Siminoff and Molly Saffron are overseeing the project for Fox 2000. Isaac Klausner is overseeing for Temple Hill.
If you want a longer description of the story, here’s a link to a piece Green wrote. Here’s his tweet: