Sunday, September 17, 2006
Murderball being turned into feature?
Anyone see the 2005 Oscar nominated documentary Murderball about wheelchair rugby? Claude Brodesser-Akner reports on his City Of Industry blog at TMZ that director James Mangold (Walk The Line) has acquired the film rights to the stories of Mark Zupan (Team USA captain), Joe Soares (Team Canada coach) & Christopher Igoe (Zupan's childhood friend). Zupan has also written his autobiography Gimp which will be in stores next month. The connection is that Muderball co-director Henry Alex Rubin has been assistant director on some of Mangold's films. A Murderball film could be very interesting. The documentary is great. Brodesser-Akner also reports that Mangold's next film, a remake of the western 3:10 To Yuma starring Christian Bale & Russell Crowe, has picked up Lions Gate for distribution. Columbia put the film in turnaround when Tom Cruise dropped out. That's Zupan & Mangold in the pic.