Dan Marino Producing Biopic on Iraq Vet Who Became College Football Star (EXCLUSIVE)

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NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino has joined Permut Presentations and Sentinel Pictures to produce an inspirational biopic about Iraq war vet and college football player Brian Stokes.

Bryan Hyland, Doodle Films and Scarpe Diem Productions will serve as producers alongside Permut and Sentinel.

Stokes’ dream of a college football career were extinguished when he was injured his freshman year in 1997. He enlisted with the Marines in order to straighten out his life. He was deployed in Iraq, where he served two tours of duty and was awarded the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart for saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.

After his service was over, Stokes enrolled at Applachian State and went on to lead the football team to back to back NCAA Division I-AA national championships.

“Brian Stokes embodies the American hero, and his story is one that speaks to the redemptive power and determination of the human spirit,” said David Permut.

The Stokes project is the newest addition to the slate Permut and Sentinel are putting together. Their strategic alliance was launched in October with “True Blood” creator Alan Ball coming on board to write and direct crime saga “I Am Chippendales” with production beginning early next year.

The two companies have finished post-production on “Match,” written and directed by Stephen Belber based on his Broadway play and starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.

Marino played for 17 seasons for the Miami Dolphins.

Sentinel’s David Beitchman, Permut’s VP Chris Mangano, Roger Haber, and Stephanie Michels will serve as exec producers on the Stokes project.

Sentinel Pictures is represented by Roger Haber of Kraditor and Haber. Permut Presentations is represented by Larry Kopeikin of Morris Yorn.

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