Deadline exclusively reports that The Fighter screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have found their next project, writing a screenplay about Leicester City winning the Premier League title this year.
Tamasy and Johnson, who have recently written the script for upcoming Boston Marathon bombing film Patriots Day, will be writing the screenplay alongside ‘Goal: The Dreams Begins’ scribe Adrian Butchart. Simon Egan and Gareth Ellis-Unwin of Bedlam Production are producing along with Adrian Butchart’s Knightsbridge Films.
The report indicates that the film will primarily focus on Jamie Vardy, who four years prior to joining Leicester City had been working in a factory before scoring in eleven consecutive matches (a Premier League record) during a run which helped the team clinch the title.
Simon Egan said:
Gareth and I are thrilled to be able to welcome Paul and Eric to the team. They were nominated by the Academy for The Fighter in same year that The King’s Speech was in contention and we saw and heard firsthand how highly respected and talented they both are. We very much wanted to find a way we might work together. Brilliant writers who bring another layer of top-tier talent to this project.
Paul Tamasy said:
Eric and I had just signed with Josh Varney at 42 for representation in the UK when Josh asked me if there was a story out there I really wanted to tell. Without hesitation I said, ‘Jamie Vardy’s and Leicester’s unlikely climb to the top of the Premier League.’ The story represents everything we love in a movie.
Eric Johnson added:
This is more than a sports film, it’s a once-in- a-lifetime story about the fulfillment of impossible dreams and the strength of the human spirit. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. I’m extremely excited and proud to be a part of it.
It’s too early for the film project to be given any casting updates let alone a cinematic release date.