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Morgan Creek fields ‘Touchback’

Nutter to helm sports drama

A correction was made to this article on March 27.

Morgan Creek has bought the script “Touchback” by Don Handfield with David Nutter attached to direct.

High-concept drama centers on a man in his late 20s who was the star of his high school football team, but whose career was ended when he shattered his leg in his final season. After hitting his head a decade later, he wakes up to find himself back in time, a week before the big game.

Morgan Creek will fully finance the pic. Morgan Creek’s Jim Robinson will produce along with Nick Osborne and Trevor Engelson’s Underground Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road shingle.

Exec producers are Osborne and Basil Iwanyk .

Handfield wrote “Genius,” which Jerry Weintraub is producing. He also wrote and is directing Lionsgate’s “My Name Is Jason Scott,” now in pre-production.

Nutter’s TV credits includes “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing” and “Smallville.”

Morgan Creek is producing “The Good Shepherd,” directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon. Shingle recently wrapped “Man of the Year,” directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robin Williams.

Underground Films recently wrapped Revolution Studios’ and Team Todd’s “Zoom.” Shingle also is producing Fox 2000’s “Black Autumn.”

Thunder Road most recently produced Warner Bros.’ “Firewall,” starring Harrison Ford.