Disney and Mandeville Films have acquired the life rights of precocious football-playing brothers Dennis and Derrick Johnson to develop into pic “Supersize.”
“Supersize” will follow boys who pass themselves off as high school students. Mandeville prexy Todd Lieberman, who will exec produce, said, “This is an unbelievable story … about fitting in and finding one’s place in life. We see this as a real-life version of ‘Big.’ ”
David Buelow, an independent producer who secured the Johnsons’ life rights, will produce along with Mandeville chief David Hoberman.
“Bring It on Again” scribes Mark and Brian Gunn will pen the script.
Dennis and Derrick saw their football debut in the second and third grades, respectively, when their dad, a high school football coach, decided to put them into the end of a game with a lopsided score. Pops once told Sports Illustrated of the decision, “Dennis and Derrick were as big as some of our players.”
In 1992, seventh-grader Dennis started for his Harrodsburg, Ky., high school team, inspiring a state law that barred boys younger than the ninth grade from playing ball.
Dennis is now on the Arizona Cardinals squad, while Derrick was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Senior veep Karen Glass will oversee the project for Disney.
Upcoming Mandeville releases include next year’s “Raising Helen” and “Providence.” The shingle also produces USA skein “Monk.”
Buelow is repped by Rob Szymanski; the Gunns by WMA.