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Fox to bring ‘ESPN’ to bigscreen

Project set up with De Luca, Brunetti, Yorn

Fox is developing a feature film adapation to “ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun” and has set the project up with Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Julie Yorn.

Deal closed Monday for rights to the book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.

Book was published in May and provided an oral history of the history of ESPN, the acornoynm for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, which launched in 1979 with an eclectic mix of sports coverage including Australian Rules Football and rodeo with 24-hour programming and became the worldwide leader in sports programming. The book includes interviews with Chris Berman, Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Hannah Storm, Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Erin Andrews, Mike Ditka and Bob Knight.

Disney bought 80% of ESPN in 1996 as part of its purchase of Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion.

No writers or directors are attached to the “Those Guys Have All the Fun” project.

De Luca and Brunetti teamed as producers on the “The Social Network.” De Luca is a producer on “Moneyball” and Yorn produced “Red Riding Hood” and the upcoming “We Bought a Zoo.”

Deal was made by ICM.

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