Jeffrey Katzenberg’s upcoming shortform outlet Quibi has begun development of a modern take on the 1999 James Van Der Beek-led American college football drama “Varsity Blues”.
“Stuber” screenwriter Tripper Clancy will pen the new take on the story of a high school football team, the West Canaan Coyotes, and their battles with an abusive coach.
“Dawson’s Creek” star Van Der Beek played back-up quarterback Jonathan Moxon who, along with his team of misfits, stand up against the coach who is also Moxon’s father. Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Jesse Plemons, Amy Smart and the late Ron Lester co-starred and the film grossed $54.3 million on a budget of $16 million. CMT tried to develop a TV series remake back in 2016 which did not move forward.
Mike Tollin and Tova Laiter, who produced the original film, are attached to executive produce alongside John Gatins and Peter Guber. MSM and Paramount Television will produce for Quibi.
The news comes as Quibi keeps racking up more deals this week including a reality show toplined by female WWE Superstars, and Darren Criss signing on to pen, produce and star in the musical comedy series “Royalties”, a satirical take on the often untold story of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits.
Quibi is poised to launch in Spring 2020.
Source: The Live Feed