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Jackie Robinson biopic takes flight

Legendary Pictures to collaborate with sports great's widow

Legendary Pictures will develop and produce a Jackie Robinson biopic with Brian Helgeland onboard to write and direct.

In making the announcement Wednesday, Legendary said it’s collaborating with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, to ensure the authenticity of her late husband’s story.

Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first black Most Valuable Player in 1949 and played in six World Series before retiring in 1956.

Legendary chairman-CEO Thomas Tull is producing and chief creative officer Jon Jashni exec produces with former Disney Studios topper Dick Cook.

The project will fall under Legendary’s overall agreement with Warner Bros. under which the studio distributes Legendary titles.

A previous attempt to develop a Robinson biopic in 2004 saw Robert Redford attached to play Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey; Deep River Prods. and Redford’s Wildwood were to produce. Rachel Robinson was also onboard the earlier project.

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