As Keith Olbermann settles into life on a significantly smaller stage, ESPN, the network that made his name, may be heading to the big screen.
Fox has optioned the film rights to "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun,” James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ oral history of the sports media empire, TheWrap has confirmed.
The pair interviewed everyone from hosts such as Chris Berman to columnists such as Bill Simmons to come up with their behind-the-scenes look at the early days of ESPN. There’s also a lot of space devoted to the temperamental Olbermann’s antics, which could make the role of the newly minted Current TV anchor a plum part for any star.
ICM had been shopping the rights and negotiated the deal with the studio. Michael De Luca, Trigger Street's Dana Brunetti and Julie Yorn will produce the film. De Luca and Brunetti collaborated on last year's Best Picture nominee "The Social Network," while Yorn produced "Red Riding Hood" and "Unstoppable."
News of the sale was first reported on Deadline.