Get ready to re-live the John Scott saga.
Mandalay Sports Media, reportsDeadline, has acquired the rights to make a movie about Scott, who was voted into the NHL All-Star game and won MVP after a long, contentious process. Scott wasn’t an All-Star by traditional measures—goals, assists, skills—but instead made the game thanks to a dedicated fan campaign, which started as a joke but gained more steam as the league itself objected to his inclusion in the game.
Penning the movie will be Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, who is also the author of books Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Albom spoke to Scott in January, when Scott admitted his campaign was in some ways a joke.
“I’m well aware that I should not be at the All-Star Game based on talent,” Scott told Albom. “This is gonna be a one-time thing. I guarantee next year they’re gonna change the rules. But I talked to a lot of former tough guys, and they said, ‘You know what? Just go.’ We’re kind of a dying breed. So it’s paying homage to them. And it might be fun for fans to see what someone who isn’t a 50-goal scorer can do.”
Scott played in 11 games for the Arizona Coyotes this season. He currently plays for the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL.