Fox Buys the Rights to Make a Movie About Kurt Warner's Cinderella Story

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner celebrates

Many of the best sports movies are based on the true stories of underdog athletes or teams who persist in the face adversity before ultimately transcending their perceived shortcomings and taking their sports by storm. (Actually, that may be the plot of all the best non-fiction sports movies.) It's therefore not at all surprising that the film rights to Kurt Warner's movie-ready life story were just acquired by Fox.


20th Century Fox has acquired the life rights to develop a feature based on the life of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a grocery store for $5.50 an hour to become one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. The film will be produced by Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, and part of the rights package will include Warner’s autobiography All Things Possible: My Story Of Faith, Football And The Miracle Season.

Though the rights buy doesn't guarantee that the film will come to fruition—many proposed movies die on the vine—the story of the man who went undrafted, got cut in training camp, worked in a grocery store, dominated Arena Football, and got exiled to NFL Europe before improbably leading the Rams to a Super Bowl victory seems like it should at least be better than the manufactured-drama-o-rama that was Secretariat.