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Joe Roth to Produce Blind Wrestlers Drama 'Unleash the Mules' at Sony (Exclusive)

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Joe Roth

Chris Parker, who is working with Roth on "Heaven Is For Real," wrote the script for the faith-based inspirational sports film.

The producer and writer of the upcoming adaptation Heaven Is For Real have set their sights on another faith-based, inspirational true-tale.

Sony has picked up Unleash the Mules, inspired by a real story of a team of blind wrestlers.

Joe Roth, the man usually behind such spectacle tentpoles such as Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful, is producing. Roth’s son, Zack Roth, and Dennis Stratton will also be involved in producer roles.

Chris Parker wrote the script, which, according to sources, tells of how in 1956 Henry Lebash, chafing to leave his teaching job at the Missouri School for the Blind for a gig at up-and-coming IBM in California, nevertheless agreed to create a wrestling team before he left.

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During the course of the season, he was inspired by a blind teen student named Luke Whitman, and became a committed and passionate coach, launching a career in the sport. Whitman, meanwhile, became his best friend and eventually got inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

DeVon Franklin will oversee development for Columbia.

Parker approached Roth with the story while on the set of Heaven is For Real, Columbia’s adaptation of the best-seller by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, which is currently shooting in Canada.

Parker’s other writing credits include Vampire In Brooklyn and Mulan II. He is repped by Gersh and Circle of Confusion.