Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are set to produce a narrative feature drama based on the 2011 high school football documentary “Undefeated” for Temple Hill. The doco, which won the Oscar that year for its category, was directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin and 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 story focused on several players and their progression in the classroom and on the football 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.
Bowen and Godfrey will now seek out writers and directors to get the new project moving.