CBS Films, 'Last Vegas' Director Reteam for Female Sports Reporter Film

11:30 AM PST 02/27/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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Jon Turteltaub

Joel Silverman will adapt Susan Fornoff's memoir "Lady in the Locker Room" about her battle in the 1980s to gain access to the men's locker room, which Jon Turteltaub will direct.

CBS Films and Last Vegas helmer Jon Turteltaub are reteaming for a period film about one of the first female sports reporters to break the gender barrier. 

The company has acquired a pitch by Joel Silverman based on Susan Fornoff's book Lady in the Locker Room. The deal also includes Fornoff's life rights.

Turteltaub is attached to direct and produce with Karim Zreik (Common Law). Silverman will write the screenplay.

In the 1980s, Fornoff fought to secure equal rights for female sports journalists, insisting they deserved the same access to athletes as their male colleagues. At the time, most sports leagues barred women from entering the locker room, which made it difficult for writers like Fornoff to do their jobs. Fornoff, who worked for papers including USA Today and the Sacramento Bee, finally smashed that barrier, becoming one of the first women to enter the locker room. The movie will chronicle her hilarious and harrowing journey to thrive in this ultimate man's world.

Maria Faillace and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.

The project marks the second collaboration between Turteltaub and CBS Films. The first, Last Vegas, has earned more than $131 million worldwide to date.

Silverman, who earned a WGA Award nomination for Full Court Miracle, has recently set up Garo with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Undefeated with producer Scott Stuber.

Fornoff is repped by attorneys Melissa K. Dagodag and Larry Zerner. Silverman is handled by Jordan Bayer and Chris Sablan at Original Artists. Turteltaub is represented by WME, manager David Lonner at Oasis Media Group and attorney Barry Littman.

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