When "The Blind Side" became the surprise hit of 2009, grossing $255 million at the domestic box office, it figured to be only a matter of time before another rags-to-riches tale of a football player hit the big screen. Enter New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott(notes).
It was announced earlier this week that the life story of Scott will be made into an upcoming biopic. The script has yet to be written, but the screenwriter will have no shortage of compelling material from which to draw.
Scott grew up in a rough neighborhood in Detroit, walking 15 blocks to school through gang- and drug-infested areas, as Sports Illustrated detailed in 2007. His mother worked three jobs and sometimes had to spend six hours on her commute on multiple buses. A poor SAT score left Scott without a scholarship; a suspension in college almost ended his career. When his eligibility ran out, he went undrafted. He earned an audition with the Baltimore Ravens and earned $329.50 on his first paycheck. Five years later, he's one of the top linebackers in the NFL. Coupled with Scott's outsized personality and affinity for chatter, that's enough to fill two or three screenplays.
New York-based author Richard Regan will write the untitled biopic. Unique Pictures, which has a deal with Warner Bros., will produce.