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ESPN gets the greenlight to make more crappy sports movies

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 6th 2009 11:03AM
If you've been waiting, hoping and praying for the next big ESPN movie blockbuster, then you have my deepest sympathies.

The network's film studio will produce two more made-for-TV movies about, let me guess, some sports hero's rise, fall, then rise again, then fall, then triumphant rise to redemption and glory in the annals of sports history.

The network plans to produce a film about Jim Jones Jr. and his rise to redemption through basketball, and a fallen firefighter who finds redemption by coaching a high school basketball team to a state title. It's bound to be redemptabulous!

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Robert Redford to star in Jackie Robinson / Branch Rickey biopic - TCA Report

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 11th 2008 1:03PM
Robert Redford ESPN Films is co-producing a film for theatrical release about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. The film will center around their struggle to break down racial barriers in the late 40s. The project, which is yet untitled, will be produced by Robert Redford, Tracy Falco, Karen Baldwin and Andrew Cohen. Redford will star in the role of Rickey. No word on who will play Robinson.

ESPN Senior VP, Ron Semiao, says "ESPN Films is honored to be collaborating with such accomplished storytellers and filmmakers for such an important sports and American story." Semiao was at the Beverly Hilton yesterday along with Branch Rickey III to discuss the project. Semiao added that doing this theatrical film was a natural extension for the company which tries to serve sports fans "however they consume sports content."

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