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Fox, Chernin Take On Soccer ‘World’

Film would be based on ESPN article about soccer gambling

Fox is ready to enter world of professional soccer fixing, as it is in negotiations with Chernin Entertainment to acquire the rights to the ESPN the Magazine article “All the World is Staged.”

Originally published in August 2012, the article explores the world’s most popular sport, which many also believe to be “the most corrupt sport.” The article covers the more than 25 countries with teams under investigation for fixing soccer matches, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

With a cast of characters that includes everything from soccer players to criminal syndicates to actual game fixers on a global scale, the project could be in the vein of “Traffic.”

Peter Chernin will produce. David Ready, who was recently hired as senior VP of Chernin Entertainment, found the article and brought it to Chernin.

Chernin has a busy year ahead with Universal’s “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and Fox’s “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy all set to bow later this year. The banner is also about to start production on “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Gersh negotiated the deal.

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