'Comeback' takes the field for Dimension
EmptyDimension Films has picked up "Comeback," an inspirational sports drama that will star Ice Cube. Fred Durst is in negotiations to direct the movie, which Cube will produce.
Based on a true story, "Comeback" centers on a poor Illinois town that comes together behind the local Pop Warner football team and their unlikely quarterback, 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer, the first female in Pop Warner history.
With the help of her uncle (Cube), a former high school football star, Jasmine led her team, the Harvey Colts, to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and inspired the town of Wallace to reclaim some of its former glory.
Scribe Nick Santora, then a writer/co-producer on "The Guardian," read an article about the girl five years ago and was hooked. "I knew there was a story in there how a girl can lift up a town," he said.
He tracked down the family and persuaded them to relinquish their film rights. His passion, however, was not shared with the rest of Hollywood. For the next five years, he pitched in vain, trying to set up the project.
"The lead was an 11-year-old African-American girl," he said. "It was a tough sell."
His belief in the story led him to write the script on spec. The script attracted Cube, and within a week the package was sold.
Santora, now a writer/exec producer on "Prison Break" as well as the co-creator of "Beauty and the Geek," is producing the movie with Cube and his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez. Doug Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee") has been brought in to rewrite the screenplay.
Cube most recently starred in the comedy "Are We Done Yet?" and next appears in Screen Gem's crime comedy "First Sunday." He is repped by WMA and Ziffren, Brittenham.
Durst, best known as the frontman for Limp Bizkit, directed the recent drama "The Education of Charlie Banks." He is repped by WMA and Nine Yards Entertainment. Dimension Films declined comment on his negotiations.
Atchison is represented by ICM. Santora is repped by Endeavor and Fuse Entertainment.