Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune Developing Film About NFL's Vernon Turner (Exclusive)
The project, which will be produced in partnership with Magic Hour Productions, will be the first movie from the former Yankee's media company.
Former Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter and his media company The Players’ Tribune (TPT) are gearing up for their first film project.
TPT has optioned the rights to former NFL player Vernon Turner’s life story. Turner, who played professional football in the '90s with the Buffalo Bills, L.A. Rams, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, contributed a story called "Letter to my Younger Self" to TPT in May that speaks about his upbringing and witnessing his mother's drug use.
Brett Gursky (who consulted on series Hello Ladies) and Josh Surkin (who previously worked for Highland Film Group) of relative newcomer indie production banner Magic Hour will produce the film with TPT. The project is not currently set up with a studio or distributor.
TPT, which recently signed with CAA for representation in entertainment, was founded in 2015 as a new media company that publishes first-person stories from athletes to bring fans closer to the games and players. More than 900 athletes have participated on the site since its launch.
“I'm very excited to join forces with The Players’ Tribune again,” says Turner. “The feedback I received after publishing my story on TPT was overwhelming, and I’m looking forward to this next chapter and sharing my story in more detail on the screen.”
“The Players’ Tribune is an incubator of compelling content, and we actively seek stories that resonate with fans and can translate into meaningful programming,” says Jaymee Messler, president of TPT. “We are excited about exploring and expanding into other mediums. Vernon’s story is incredibly powerful and we’re looking forward to developing the film with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made TPT so successful.”
CAA and Stone, Genow brokered the deal with Magic Hour Productions on behalf of TPT.