Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra will direct “Victory” at Warner Bros., a remake of the uplifting sports movie of the same name which starred Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Pele, an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap.
Gavin O’Connor and Anthony Tambakis wrote a draft of the script in 2017. Tambakis is now doing a rewrite.
Gianni Nunnari and Bernie Goldmann are producing.
The remake centers on the Nazi forces’ world-class English soccer coach John Colby, a POW with a history of trying to escape, effort to put together a team of other POW soccer stars for a game against the German national team in front of Hitler in occupied Paris. When given the opportunity to escape during the game, the players must decide whether to humiliate the Nazis in the eyes of the world and spark a resistance or to save their own lives.
Collet-Serra, who is also attached to direct “Waco” for Annapurna, is currently in post-production on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” which is set to star Dwayne Johnson. Collet-Serra recently directed “The Commuter” for Lionsgate which starred Liam Neeson and made $120 million worldwide on a budget of $30 million. His other credits include genre hit “Orphan,” Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” “Run All Night” and shark thriller “The Shallows,” which grossed $119 million worldwide on a $17 million budget.
Serra is repped by CAA.