Lion grabs gridiron tale

MGM nabs 'Quarterback's' after Col Pix bid war

HOLLYWOOD — MGM plans to suit up and hit the football field, acquiring Jim Burnstein and Garrett Schiff’s comedy spec “A Quarterback’s Tale” for Marc Platt (“Legally Blonde”) to produce.

Lion won the project last week after a bidding war with Columbia Pictures, paying a mid-six-figure sum for the story that revolves around a young sports fan who lands a PR job with the NFL and discovers that his hero, a quarterback, has major flaws on and off the field.

Elizabeth Ingold is overseeing the development of the pic at the studio, and Adam Siegel is shepherding the project at Platt Prods.

Platt is currently readying “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde,” with Reese Witherspoon once again starring. Pic begins lensing in November, with Charlie Herman-Wurmfeld helming.

Burnstein’s credits include Disney’s “D3: The Mighty Ducks” and Touchstone’s “Renaissance Man.”

Schiff adapted David Shannon’s illustrated kids book “How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball” for DreamWorks-based ImageMovers Entertainment. He has also scripted sequels to “Angels in the Outfield” and “101 Dalmatians” for Disney.

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