Shawn Levy's 21 Laps to Produce Real-Life Soccer Drama 'Shared Wisdom'

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Shawn Levy (left), Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Kyle Patrick Alvarez will direct the true story about the 2017 Margaret Long Wisdom High School boys soccer team comprised completely of refugees.

Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner is teaming with Sight Unseen — the banner behind the Toronto International Film Festival title Bad Education — for the real-life soccer drama Shared Wisdom.

Based on an article written by Anna Katherine Clay — and described as being in the vein of Friday Night Lights and Hoosiers — the true story follows the 2017 Margaret Long Wisdom High School boys soccer team in Houston. Comprised completely of refugees from four different continents, most of whom didn’t speak English or one another’s language, the Wisdom High Generals went on to win the regional championship and make it all the way to the Texas state semifinals with a final season record of 24-2-3.

Head coach Fidel Andrade, an alum of Wisdom and war veteran, played a central role in bringing them together despite impossible challenges along the way. Throughout the season, players and their families had to face the threat of deportation, among other obstacles both personal and global. 

Kyle Patrick Alvarez will direct Shared Wisdom from a script by Alan Fox.

Levy and Dan Cohen are producing the pic for 21 Laps, along with Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev of Sight Unseen, which will also finance. Becca Edelman and Rachel Jacobs will oversee for each company, respectively.

21 Laps, repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham, has such upcoming feature projects as the Levy-helmed Free Guy for Fox, due out July 3; Paramount's Monster Problems; and the Netflix horror film There's Someone Inside Your House. 

Sight Unseen, which is heading to the Sundance Film Festival with the Justin Simien feature Bad Hair, is repped by Endeavor Content and Paul Hastings.

Alvarez's feature credits include Child of God and The Stanford Prison Experiment, and he most recently took over directorial duties on the second season of Amazon's Homecoming. He is repped by UTA, Media Talent Group & attorney Gregg Gellman. 

Fox, who has an untitled Charlie Chaplin feature which is set up at TriStar and Amy Pascal, is repped by Grandview.

Andrade, Clay and the article are repped by CAA.