John Green's AFC Wimbledon Movie Hires Writer (Exclusive)

Richard Cordiner - P - 2016
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Richard Cordiner, who penned the Black List script 'The Shark Is Not Working,' will write the script for the story about the creation of the English soccer club.

The untitled Fox 2000 project about the creation of the famous English soccer club AFC Wimbledon has landed a writer.

Richard Cordiner will pen the script for the project, which is being produced by Temple Hill Entertainment along with The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and his producing partner, Rosianna Halse Rojas. The movie marks Green's first producing project.

In 2001, it was revealed that the original club, Wimbledon FC, a team with a long and proud history dating back to the 19th century, was to be moved from its spiritual home in London's southwest to the town of Milton Keynes some 56 miles north. Unwilling to support a club that they felt didn't represent its legacy, many abandoned fans came together to form an amateur team from scratch, which in 2002 became AFC Wimbledon.

Despite starting at the very foot of the lower divisions, the team has since risen to find itself in the third-highest tier in the English football league system, having been promoted an astonishing five times in just nine seasons. They're now in the same division as the MK Dons, as the old Wimbledon FC was renamed.

Erin Siminoff and Molly Saffron are overseeing the project for Fox 2000. Isaac Klausner is overseeing for Temple Hill.

Cordiner, who is British, wrote the 2013 Black List script The Shark Is Not Working, and then wrote Spacesuit, which followed women undergarment designers who were hired to make NASA’s first spacesuits, for Warner Bros. He also wrote The Trade for Warner Bros. and Jay Roach. Cordiner is repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.