ESPN joins Redford's Robinson biopic


NEW YORK -- ESPN said Monday that its film unit would co-produce with Robert Redford and others a theatrical movie about Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.

ESPN Films joins the biopic that Robert Redford has been working on for several years. Thomas Carter is attached as director. The biopic was announced in the spring of 2005.

Redford will play Branch Rickey, the team's general manager whose vision it was to make the statement and whose teamwork with Robinson off the field made it successful. The as-yet-untitled film will be developed by Redford's Wildwood Enterprises and Baldwin/Cohen Prods.

Joining Redford and ESPN Films as producers on the project are Tracy Falco, Howard and Karen Baldwin and Andrew Cohen. ESPN's sports expertise will be used in the project, which has the blessing of Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson's widow, as well as Branch Rickey Jr. and MLB.

It's also the first time that ESPN and CAA have worked on a project together following their previously announced partnership with ESPN Films.