〉 Undefeated won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Temple Hill Entertainment has picked up the rights to the Academy Award-winning documentary UNDEFEATED, with plans to remake the inspiring true story into a narrative feature film. Temple Hill heads Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce, and we’re hearing that they’re in the early stages of packaging the project.
The 2011 doc, directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, centers on an underdog football team from inner-city Memphis who, with the help of a volunteer coach, attempts to win the first playoff game in the school’s 110-year history. It was produced by Zipper Bros Films and distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Although Undefeated never became a breakout commercial success, earning just over a half million at the box office, the film did go on to win the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
The project reinforces a recent trend in which production companies are nabbing the rights to existing documentaries to adapt them into feature films. In January, The Tracking Board exclusively reported that Brett Ratner is spinning the ESPN 30 for 30 film Playing for the Mob into a feature, while popular documentary titles like Murderball and The King of Kong also have feature remakes in the works.
Temple Hill’s recent credits include young adult-geared hits like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, as well as the Twilight and Maze Runner franchises. They’re currently in development with the family adventure film Action Movie Kid and the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, starring Ryan Gosling.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor