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Playing for Pizza to be made into a movie!

Playing for Pizza to be made into a movie!

Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures has inked a seven figure deal with John Grisham to turn his latest bestselling novel “Playing for Pizza” into a feature. Medavoy declined to comment on the exact figure Phoenix forked out to Grisham but did confirm the rights were “expensive.”

Medavoy will produce the project along with Phoenix’s Arnie Messer and David Thwaites.

Story centers on a washed-up NFL quarterback who finds a new perspective on life and a love for all things Italian when his agent lands him a deal to play with a semi-professional team in Parma, Italy.

Phoenix execs are scouting for a writer to adapt the book.

“The next thing we’ll do is get a writer that John Grisham and we feel can pull this off,” Medavoy told Variety. “The project reminds me of some of the films I’ve done in the past like ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Bull Durham.’ It has that heart and sensuality.”

Medavoy has a clutch of high-profile projects in the pipeline, including Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” with Leonardo DiCaprio now in production for Paramount, and the Weinstein Co.‘s “Shanghai,” which is lensing in London.

Grisham is repped by the Gernert Co.



  • March 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM pete picchi

    GREAT book, can’t wait for the movie.

  • April 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM kofi


  • May 2, 2009 at 4:33 PM DARRYL#8

    I work for the US Embassy and play in the Italian Football League. I would love to be an extra in the movie!!!

  • August 13, 2009 at 5:31 PM Robin Lynn Wildes

    I would watch this movie no matter WHO gets the part of Rick Dockery. I suggest Jason Alexander should play that horrible reporter that follows RICK to Parma though.

  • August 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM Vince

    Robin, great comment regarding Jason Alexander. Absolutely perfect for that part.

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