Film would be based on ESPN article about soccer gambling
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.”
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.