'Battleship' helmer circles adaptation of Bissinger tome
“Battleship” helmer Peter Berg is attached to direct “Father’s Day,” a feature adaptation of the book by “Friday Night Lights” scribe and acclaimed sports writer Buzz Bissinger, who is also Berg’s cousin.
“Father’s Day” is the latest tome from Bissinger, whose 2000 account of a Texas high school football team turned into Berg’s 2004 Universal pic starring Billy Bob Thornton and later, the NBC series starring Kyle Chandler.
Berg has a first-look deal at Universal, which sources say is currently looking at the project.
“Father’s Day” marks a departure for Bissinger, whose other works include “Shooting Stars,” co-written by Miami Heat star LeBron James, and “3 Nights in August,” which explores professional baseball management. The author’s latest book, published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, centers around his relationship with his twins, one of whom has serious intellectual handicaps. Book chronicles a summer road trip taken by father and son and the personal journey that helps Bissinger better understand his child.
Berg is also set to direct another book adaptation, “Lone Survivor,” for Universal. Navy SEAL pic, which will star Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster, is being financed by Emmett/Furla Films.
WME reps Berg and Bissinger.