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ESPN, New Line team up on ‘Mulkey’

Mike Tollin is set to direct sports biopic

New Line’s coming on to produce inspirational sports biopic “Mulkey” with ESPN and Mike Tollin, who’s also attached to direct.

Project follows the story of firefighter Louis Mulkey, who was an assistant high school basketball coach in South Carolina before he and eight others perished in a 2007 fire at a Charleston furniture store. The local fire department presented the team with a custom memorial fire helmet, which was placed on the bench for each of the team’s games in the following season — which saw the team win its first-ever state championship.

Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, who teamed on writing Michael Mann’s “Ali,” are penning the script.

ESPN first announced “Mulkey” last March as it reached the one-year mark in its ambitious plan to expand into the feature film biz.

Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, who penned Michael Mann’s “Ali,” are writing the script for “Mulkey.”

Tollin has a lengthy sports resume. He and partner Brian Robbins launched their career with sports docs like “Hardwood Dreams” and “Chasing the Dream” and went on to produce “Varsity Blues,” “Hardball,” “Radio,” “Summer Catch,” “Coach Carter” and “Dreamer.”

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