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Richard Donner, Derek Hoffman, Bobby Sabelhaus and John Zaozirny are developing drama “Sons of Soldiers,” centering on a high school football team at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the impact of the players’ parents serving in the military.

“For us, this is a project that goes beyond the traditional sports drama, to explore the sacrifices that not only soldiers make, but also their spouses and children,” Sabelhaus told Variety.

“This is about the wives and children who are on the other end of all those phone calls we see in films like ‘American Sniper,'” he added. “Though they’re not on a battlefield, they make massive sacrifices as well, going weeks without knowing where their father or mother, husband or wife are.”

The producers have obtained the life rights to Shawn Berner, who successfully coached the Fort Campbell Falcons for more than a decade. They have also hired screenwriter Robert Eisele, whose credits include “The Great Debaters” and “The Hurricane Season.”

Marvin McIntyre and A.J. Fechter, who are wealth managers in Washington, D.C., are exec producing and put up the development funding.

Donner’s credits include “Superman,” the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, “Goonies” and “Scrooged.” He and spouse Lauren Shuler Donner operate through the Donners’ Company, producing the “X-Men” film series.

Sabelhaus and Zaozirney are exec producers on  Warner Bros.’ “Monte Cristo,” a modernized take on “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Berner, who began coaching the team in 2001 at the age of 26, was able to help out parents who were deployed and act as a parental figure for all his players. He was aided by a variety of Fort Campbell figures such as Gerard Counts, a retired Command Sergeant Major who references his experiences in the Battle of Mogadishu in pre-game speeches he gives to Falcon players.

Berner retired from coaching at the end of the 2013 season and transitioned to teaching at Fort Campbell to spend more time with his family.

Sabelhaus, a top high school quarterback who played at the University of Florida, credits sports journalist Andy Staples with helping to discover Berner. Staples had written an article for Sports Illustrated tracing the path that Sabelhaus followed from college football to producing feature films.

“I asked Andy if he’d written about anything he thought would be great movie material and he immediately referred us to his article on Coach Berner and Fort Campbell,” Sabelhaus said. “John Zaozirny and I loved the idea and brought it to Derek Hoffman and Richard Donner at the Donners’ Company, where I had previously worked.”

Fort Campbell is a U.S. Army installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee border and home to the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Eisele is reppred by Paradigm and managed by Dave Brown and James Engle at Echo Lake Entertainment.