Berloff nets job to pen 'Fugees'

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Andrea Berloff has been tapped to write "The Fugees," an adaptation of a New York Times article revolving around a group of soccer-playing refugee kids who settled near Atlanta.

The article set off a massive bidding war in January, with Universal Pictures ultimately ending up victorious. Kennedy/Marshall is producing along with Stuber/Parent. Tom Lassally is exec producing.

The article told the story of a group of kids from such war-torn countries as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burundi, Congo, Gambia, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Somalia and Sudan who were placed in Clarkston, Ga., a town that after a few years began to turn against the new arrivals.

When a Jordan-born woman named Luma Mufleh arrived, she started a soccer program, cracking the kids' distrust of authority and helping their families cope with new life in the U.S. Mufleh and her players, called the Fugees after "refugees," overcame much adversity and ended up squaring off against the kids of an elite Atlanta soccer academy.

Warren St. John wrote the article and also is writing a book about the Fugees.

Dylan Clark is the Universal exec on the project.

Berloff, best known for writing Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," also wrote the untitled Gucci project for Ridley Scott.

She is repped by UTA and Benderspink.
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