The story of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves to tossing touchdowns, is fit for Hollywood.
And sure enough, Warner's life may soon be coming to a theater near you.
According to Deadline.com, 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Warner's story, which includes the rights to his autobiography, All Things Possible: My Story Of Faith, Football And The Miracle Season. Temple Hill, which has produced the Twilight movies as well as Everything Must Go and Dear John, will partner with 20th Century Fox on the film.
“For so long people have told me my life story would make a great movie," Warner said. "I am humbled and thrilled to have found a team as excited as I am to make that happen.”
Widely considered one of the best undrafted players in NFL history, Warner worked at a grocery store after no team signed him coming out of Northern Iowa in 1994. Over the next seven years he bounced between the NFL, the AFL and NFL Europe before finally catching on with the St. Louis Rams. Warner was named the NFL's MVP while leading the Rams to a Super Bowl title in the 1999 season, his first as the starter. Two years later he led St. Louis back to the Super Bowl, where the Rams fell to the Patriots.
After one year with the Giants, Warner signed with the Cardinals in 2005. In 2008, his fourth season with the team, he led Arizona to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.
Should this movie become a reality, it will continue Hollywood's fascination with the NFL. During the past two decades movies like Jerry Maguire, Any Given Sunday and Invincible have done well in theaters and with critics. Currently Kevin Costner and a host of NFL players and personalities are filming a movie about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL draft, appropriately titled Draft Day.
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