Director to helm basketball-themed 'Throwback'

Walden Media has tapped Doug Atchison to helm its basketball-themed pic “The Throwback.”

True story is based on the lives of Frank and Isaac Gildea, the only father-son duo to ever play basketball together on a college team. Nick Santora penned the screenplay.

Mayhem Pictures’ Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray — the pair behind such sports pics as “Invincible,” “The Rookie” and “Miracle” — are producing.

Film reteams Walden with Mayhem. Together the two companies produced the upcoming Dwayne Johnson starrer “Tooth Fairy,” which will bow in the fall.

Walden’s upcoming slate also includes “Bandslam” and “Ramona and Beezus,” based on the bestselling book series by Beverly Cleary.

Atchison wrote and directed “Akeelah and the Bee.” He’s developing “Outspoken,” based on an original idea, for the Weinstein Co.

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