Writer Roundup: Marc Guggenheim to Pen Robert Downey Jr.’s PERRY MASON Reboot; Disney Options MONEYBALL Author Michael Lewis’ COACH

     February 17, 2012

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We’ve got a couple of screenwriter stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Warner Bros. is looking at Marc Guggenheim to pen the script for its Perry Mason reboot. The feature film is a reboot of the classic courtroom drama series which centered on Mason, a defense attorney who privately investigates crimes on behalf of his clients. Robert Downey Jr. and executive producer David Gambino came up with the story idea, and Downey Jr. will produce with an eye towards starring as Mason. THR reports that Guggenheim is in talks to pen the script, which will take place in 1930s Los Angeles.

Guggenheim actually practiced as an attorney before heading to Hollywood. He’s scripted for the legal series The Practice and Law & Order, and was a co-creator on Eli Stone. Guggenheim, who penned last summer’s Green Lantern, is becoming a highly sought-after scribe as of late. Disney has tapped him to write a unique time travel pic called Time Zones, and he’s working on the Green Arrow series on The CW called Arrow as well as a Fox drama pilot called Guilty. Hit the jump for news on the latest from Moneyball and The Blind Side author Michael Lewis.

Additionally, author Michael Lewis is poised to have yet another one of his sports-centered books turned into a feature. Coming off of last year’s fantastic adaptation of Moneyball, Disney has optioned the feature rights to Lewis’ Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life. Furthermore, Variety reports that Disney has set Lewis to pen the screenplay on his own. Coach chronicles Lewis’ “journey to rediscover his influential baseball mentor, Coach Fitz, whose methods had a tremendous impact on his generation of athletes and leaders.” May I suggest Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler for the lead? Read a synopsis of the book below:

There was a turning point in Michael Lewis’s life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis’s ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. “I didn’t have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do.”

The coach’s message was not simply about winning, but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and even now, thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him. [Amazon]

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