Franco enrolls in ‘Annapolis’

Lin directing militaristic pugilism pic

James Franco (“Spider-Man”) will topline “Annapolis” for Disney.

Justin Lin is developing and directing the drama, set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy and centered on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality (Daily Variety, April 12).

Pic was set up at the studio as an untitled pitch from scribe David Collard (“Out of Time”) two years ago under then-Disney exec Mark Vahradian. Damien Saccani, who set up the project and is now a VP of production at Universal, will produce the pic with Vahradian, now prexy of Jerry Weintraub’s production shingle at Warner Bros.

Franco’s credits include “City by the Sea,” “Deuces Wild” and “The Company.” He’ll next be seen in “Spider-Man 2,” Fox’s “Tristan and Isolde” and Miramax’s “The Great Raid.”

Senior VP Brigham Taylor and creative exec Josh Simon will oversee “Annapolis” for the studio.

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