ESPN picks ‘Rose’ scribe

Biopic will be cabler's fourth original movie

NEW YORK — ESPN has signed Christian Darren to write the script for “The Pete Rose Story,” a biopic that will deal with Rose’s gambling addiction, which got him permanently barred from baseball.

Darren’s manager Ilan Breil at LMRK said that ESPN plans to make the Pete Pose biopic its fourth original movie.

It will follow “A Season on the Brink,” with Brian Dennehy as coach Bobby Knight (March 2002); “The Junction Boys,” with Tom Berenger as coach Bear Bryant (December 2002) and, in pre-production, “The Ice Bowl,” a docudrama by Joe Eszterhas about the famous 1967 Cowboys-Packers NFL championship game played on a frozen field in Green Bay.

The producer of the Rose project, Orly Adelson, also produced “Junction Boys” and is working on “Ice Bowl” and on ESPN’s first original scripted series, “Playmakers,” a behind-the-scenes drama about a professional-football team.

A major character in the Rose movie will be the commissioner of baseball A. Bartlett Giamatti, who went after Rose, accusing him of feeding a $15,000-a-day gambling habit by illegally betting on baseball.

Rose ended up signing a legal agreement that has kept him out of baseball since the scandalous story broke in 1989 and hurt his chances of ever reaching baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Darren’s most recent script credit is a forthcoming HBO movie produced by Frederick Zollo about an engineer named Philo Farnsworth, who claimed to be the real inventor of television and filed unsuccessful lawsuits against RCA to get recognition from the courts.

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