Legendary Pictures to Develop Movie About Jackie Robinson

9:36 AM PST 06/01/2011 by THR staff
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Brian Helgeland will direct, with former Disney Studios Chair Dick Cook serving as an executive producer.

Legendary Pictures is developing and producing a film based on Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) will write and direct the project.

Legendary’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, is producing, and Legendary’s Chief Creative Officer, Jon Jashni, is serving as executive producer. Dick Cook, former Walt Disney Studios chair, will also serve as an executive producer.

Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, is consulting on the project, which falls under Legendary's partnership with Warner Bros.

"My family and I are thrilled to have this important film on Jack produced by Legendary Pictures," she said in a statement. "We are proud of his lasting impact on our society, and we know that the legacy he left is inspiring and worth preserving."

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