Disney fields 'Moneyball' author's 'Coach'

February 17th, 2012

Variety
By Stuart Oldham
Feb. 16, 2012

Disney is rounding the bases with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis, not only optioning feature rights to his “Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life,” but also giving the best-selling scribe the chance to pen the script.

Gil Netter, who teamed with the author on the Oscar-winning tale “The Blind Side,” is producing through his Gil Netter Prods. banner, which has a first-look deal with Disney.

Based on Lewis’ book of the same name, “Coach” tells the true story of Lewis’ journey to rediscover his influential baseball mentor, Coach Fitz, whose methods had a tremendous impact on his generation of athletes and leaders.

“There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child’s mind,” Lewis wrote of his former coach in a 2004 New York Times article. “It’s as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever.”

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