EXCLUSIVE: Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey have acquired rights to do a narrative drama based on Undefeated, the 2011 high school football picture that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The film, directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, chronicled the Manassas Tigers from inner-city Memphis. The team had been a perennial loser for so long that its school would sell slots in its schedule to more affluent schools looking for an easy win. The film focused on several players and their progression in the classroom and on the gridiron as the Tigers learned to roar with the help of a dogged head coach. They won games and the coach helped the players prepare for manhood and life after high school.
The film was a sensation at 2011 SXSW and was acquired by The Weinstein Company, and then won the Oscar. Bowen and Godfrey will huddle with writers and directors to get the picture moving. The producers are in production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and are also turning the Stephen King bestseller Mr. Mercedes into a TV series with David E. Kelley. Here is the trailer, to refresh your memory of a terrific film: