Warner Bros.-based producer Clifford Werber has acquired the rights to the spec script “Slammin” from tyro scribes Aaron Metchik and Joseph Garner for female Brazilian extreme sports inline skater Fabiola da Silva to star.
Pic tells the tale of a young Brazilian girl whose struggle to rise within the male-dominated world of competitive skating brings her to Venice, Calif., where she finds both love and professional success.
Da Silva is the most medaled athelete of the X Games with six golds and one silver medal. In 2002 the Aggressive Skater’s Assn. instituted the “Fabiola Rule” in her name to permit female skaters to take part in men’s competition.
Pic will be shot predominantly in Brazil using local talent and some American actors.
“Slammin gives me a chance to present my sport and my country in the context of a story that hits close to my heart and will resonate with young people wherever they live and whatever dreams they pursue,” da Silva said.
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Added Werber: “This project presents a unique opportunity to take the best of all worlds; the Brazilian film world, that has enthusiastically embraced the project, and the extreme sports world and package them together to produce a feel-good, youth empowerment film that is certain to appeal to young audiences worldwide.”
Script was brought into Werber by development exec John Formichella. Da Silva was repped by Golden Entertainment West whose Peter Adams will remain involved with pic in a producing capacity. Writers were repped by manager Philippa Burgess.