Savoy Signs ‘Dream’ Team

“Hoop Dreams” documentary filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert have inked their first feature deals with Savoy Pictures to make two movies, including “Foul! The Connie Hawkings Story,” a film based on David Wolf’s bestselling book on the life of an NBA AU-Star.

James, who co-produced and directed “Hoop Dreams,” will helm “Foul” and then “Nagasaki Dust,” adapted by W. Colin McKay from his play of the same name. “Nagasaki” is set before the attack on Pearl Harbor and tells the story of a young Japanese-American, set to be tried as a traitor, and the American sent to represent him.

Gilbert, who was co-producer and cameraman on “Hoop Dreams,” will serve as director of photography on both productions. The pair will co-write the screenplay for “Foul” and work with scripter McKay and serve as executive producers on “Nagasaki Dust.”

Sources said the Chicago-based filmmakers have been approached to make feature films by at least three studios, including Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures and Disney, where they are in talks to make a movie about the life of Roberto Clemente, the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died on a relief mission” to Nicaragua in 1972.

“Foul” follows Hawkins’ life from the New York City playgrounds to the NBA, where he was a star for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970s.

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