The ESPN Movie Will Be Brought To You By 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun, an oral history of the 24-hour sports station written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, who also penned the SNL tell-all Live From New York in 2002.
The film's producers will include Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Julie Yorn. De Luca and Brunetti previously collaborated on 2010's Oscar-winning The Social Network, which chronicled the controversial founding of Facebook.
Both the history of ESPN and Facebook share similar elements — back-stabbing, power trips, lawsuits, grown men crying. And what start-up's rise to world dominance is complete without a hint of lewd behavior and drug use?
No word yet on whether David Fincher or Aaron Sorkin will be getting involved, but according to Deadline's Mike Fleming, there is already interest from writers and directors.
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