20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to make a movie based on former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner’s life, according to a report from Deadline.
As part of the deal, Fox has the life rights to Warner’s story and parts of the quarterback’s autobiography. Deadline says Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the film.
Warner had perhaps the greatest fairy tale career in NFL history. After an unspectacular career at Northern Iowa, Warner went undrafted and then was cut by the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback then famously stocked shelves at a grocery store for $5.50 an hour while hoping for another shot at the NFL. He briefly tried to coach as a graduate assistant before embarking on an Arena Football League career. After impressing with the Iowa Barnstormers, Warner was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and sent to NFL Europe. He finally got a chance to play for the Rams after Trent Green got hurt in 1999, and went on to have a spectacular MVP season.
Warner was a two-time league MVP, Super Bowl champion and MVP, four-time Pro Bowler, and he reached three Super Bowls.
“For so long people have told me my life story would make a great movie. I am humbled and thrilled to have found a team as excited as I am to make that happen,” Warner said in a statement.
Warner’s life story is perfect for a movie. Now the only question is: who will play him?
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