HOLLYWOOD — Justin Lin has come on board to develop and direct boxing drama “Annapolis” for the Walt Disney Co.
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.
Project, set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.
Lin wrote and directed the Sundance fave “Better Luck Tomorrow” in 2002. His offbeat look at overachieving Asian high schoolers grossed $3.8 million for Paramount last year.
Lin is also attached to helm an adaptation of Brad Meltzer legal thriller “The Tenth Justice” at Fox 2000 and is involved with developing “The Regulators” at Disney.