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Hollywood Reportedly Interested in Making Feature Film of ESPN Oral History

Deadspin is reporting that filmmakers are interested in turning the ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales into a feature-length film.

It’s in the very early stages but, according to our source, one lucky studio will make a major financial investment to create a Social Network-type film version of ESPN’s ascent from Bristol-based cable upstart to Worldwide Leader.

Chris Berman in the Jesse Eisenberg/Mark Zuckerburg role? Maybe. Who stars in the film of course depends on people’s interpretation of who are the stars of the book and, in turn, the major contributors to World Wide Leader’s three-decade ascent to the top of sports media. The book clocks in at 784 pages, and features interviews with hundreds of people, so picking which people and tales to focus on would be a delicate balance between the behind-the-scenes operators who made the smart business decisions and the well-known names and faces who give the company its public personality.

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