J. Mills Goodloe is adapting John Grisham’s high school football novel “Bleachers” for Revolution Studios. Pic will be directed by tyro helmer Don Burgess.
Grisham’s 2004 novel was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and is one of his few non-legal thrillers. Pic is about a high school football hero returning to his small-town Southern home to join a vigil for a dying coach, who was both loved and feared by his players.
Project was brought to Revolution by studio partner Todd Garner, who will oversee with Denise Decker.
Goodloe wrote and will direct “August and Everything After…,” which is set up at Bob Yari’s Yari Films.
This is not the first time Revolution has adapted a Grisham novel. Studio also produced “Christmas With the Kranks,” starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, based on Grisham’s book “Skipping Christmas.”