Following on from their success with Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” Legendary Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Chris Ballard’s baseball book “One Shot at Forever”.
The story is set in 1971 and tells of a drought-ridden small Illinois town where a hippie English teacher reluctantly took on coaching duties for the high school baseball team.
Bucking conventions, the team, sporting long hair and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, ended up making the state finals where they played an established Chicago team.
The tone is said to be akin to a mix of “Bad News Bears,” “Remember the Titans” and “Hoosiers”. Wes Jones (“College Republicans”) will adapt the script while Mike Tollin (“Coach Carter,” “Varsity Blues”) will produce.