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Disney buys gridiron pitch ‘Fourteen’

Ungvari sells rehabilitation-using-football tale

This article was corrected on Dec. 16, 2002.

After homering with “The Rookie,” Disney and producers Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are tackling the gridiron with “Fourteen Feet.”

Disney bought the pitch by Andrew Ungvari, who’ll write the script. Gray and Ciardi will produce under their Disney-based Mayhem Pictures banner.

Pic’s the true story of a coach who used football to rehabilitate troubled kids in Texas. The studio has secured life rights to Sandy Brown, whose coaching of a football team at a juvenile hall gave the kids pride and got them caring about something constructive. Brigham Taylor is overseeing the project for the studio.

First studio sale

Idea for “Fourteen Feet” was hatched by Ungvari, who notched his first studio sale. Ungvari came to the business by way of ICM, where he was an agent’s assistant when he first tried his hand at writing. He wrote his first script, “Baggage,” under the pseudonym Andrew Mark. It got him an ICM rep in Renee Tab, who began sending him out on meetings. Ungvari would have breakfast with a producer or exec, then go to work and pour coffee for agent meetings.

Ungvari left to write full-time in January; “Baggage” is now being developed by Diane Keaton’s Blue Relief Prods. as a potential star vehicle for Minnie Driver.

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