The improbable story of John Scott's ascension to the NHL All-Star Game has reportedly already netted a movie deal.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Mandalay Sports Media acquired the feature life rights of John Scott's journey from NHL enforcer to NHL All-Star Game sensation. Mitch Albom, a long-time columnist for the Detroit Free Press and best-selling author of the book Tuesdays with Morrie, is set to pen the screenplay and executive produce.
Mandalay Sports Media's Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach will also produce the film. There's no word on a director or a release date yet, but Scott has said the film is being fast-tracked before anyone forgets about it. Tollin has worked on sports movies in the past like "Radio" with Cuba Gooding Jr.
After years as a journeyman enforcer, Scott became a national sports figure for a moment over the last few months after a joking fan campaign voted him into the 2016 NHL All-Star Game as a Pacific Division captain. The neat story became a dramatic saga when the NHL essentially did everything in its power to keep him out of the game (ending up with Scott out of the league entirely).
Fans backlashed, the NHL kept Scott in the All-Star Game, and he won the event's MVP award while creating one of the best moments in the NHL in years. No wonder Hollywood pounced so quickly.