Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray branching out beyond sports
Disney has reupped its first-look deal with Mayhem Pictures producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, the duo best known for feel-good sports films like “Secretariat,” “Invincible,” “Miracle” and “The Rookie.”
Mayhem continues to develop sports pics, including an inspirational tale about Greek marathoner Stylianos “Stelios” Kyriakides, who competed in the 1936 Olympics; baseball project “Million Dollar Arm,” and “McFarland,” about a California high school track and field coach.
But the producers are also branching out into other genres with the Reese Witherspoon comedy “Wish List” and fantasy series “Fallen,” based on the young adult book series by Lauren Kate, both for the Mouse House.
They also have the Chuck Russell-helmed actioner “Arabian Nights” in the works at FilmDistrict, and the Dwayne Johnson actioner thriller “Protection” with IM Global.
Mayhem also collaborated with Johnson on the CBS Films thriller “Faster” and comedies “The Tooth Fairy” for Fox and Disney’s “The Game Plan.”
Mayhem landed its deal at Disney in 2002, shortly after the success of “The Rookie.” Their shingle had previously been housed at Revolution Studios, where they produced “The New Guy.”