Pen Densham (“Moll Flanders”) is set to direct “Big Bill”, a biopic about self-destructive tennis legend Bill Tilden, for Baldwin Entertainment and GlennIris Entertainment says Variety.
Based on the Frank Deford book, Tilden won six straight U.S. Open singles titles in the 1920’s – a so far undefeated feat that Roger Federer will try to surpass this month. He was also the first American to win Wimbledon, and he led the U.S. Davis Cup team to six straight titles.
Despite his accomplishments, including successful stints as a writer and bridge champion, he became just as famous for his imprisonment twice for sexual misbehavior with teenage boys. Personality wise he followed the rules on court and owned up to his indiscretions off it.
Gil Dennis (“Walk the Line”) wrote the script. Karen and Howard Baldwin, Charles O. Glenn, Thomas A. Cohen, John Watson, Barbara Cocks and Oren Stevens are producing.