True-life tale spotlights the Ascension Eagles
Big Talk Pictures, the Brit shingle behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” has optioned a true-life story about Blighty’s top cheerleading squad, the Ascension Eagles.
It’s the first development project under Big Talk’s co-production and co-financing deal with Optimum Releasing and Film4.
The as-yet-untitled pic is about a young Texan woman, Shara Brice, who married a Brit vicar and found herself living in a disadvantaged and culturally diverse pocket of East London in 1996.
She went on to transform an initially reluctant group of kids into the most successful cheerleading squad outside North America. The group now ranks sixth in the world.
Producer Damian Jones (“Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”) discovered the story and brought the project to Big Talk, which snapped up life rights to Brice’s story, the Ascension Eagles (a registered charity) and one of the founding members who is now a senior coach.
Brit comedienne Daisy Donovan will pen the script; Jones will produce alongside Big Talk’s Nira Park while the shingle’s Matthew Justice (“Blade”) and Rachael Prior (“Wild Child”) will executive produce. A helmer has yet to be set.