Feature Doc Set About Former NFL Player Steve Gleason, Afflicted With ALS
April 24, 2015 - als
IMG, a sports and media business acquired by WME final year, is stepping adult to financial and marketplace a full-length underline documentary about former New Orleans Saints football actor Steve Gleason who was stricken with ALS during a age of 34. Joining IMG in The Gleason Project is Seth Gordon, a writer of a Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated who will produce. J. Clay Tweel (Print a Legend) will direct.
Gleason, a former football star, is deliberate one of a world’s many tangible advocates vital with ALS, building on a bequest of MLB Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who began his bold conflict in 1939. Stephen Hawking is nonetheless another who has lived a prolonged life with it. The 73 year-old physicist’s life was a theme of a Oscar nominated biopic The Theory of Everything. It didn’t win Best Picture, though it did win a Best Acting Oscar for Eddie Redmayne who portrayed a immature Hawking who is diagnosed and afterwards fights what was afterwards diagnosed simply as “a engine neuron disease.”
Gleason played for a New Orleans Saints for 8 years, from 2000-2008. Three years later, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and given dual to 5 years to live. That same year, Gleason schooled that his wife, Michel, was pregnant, so he started a video biography so his son would know who he was. More than 1,000 hours of footage will be cut together for a documentary.
At a same time he was formulating a video autobiography, Gleason became an romantic to move recognition to a disease. He began operative alongside leaders in record and scholarship to assistance rise new treatments and brand a cure. To that end, a film will also advantage from continued support from Microsoft, that is operative to examine record that can commission people vital with ALS.
“I trust partial of my purpose is to enthuse others; to live life to a fullest, to overcome adversity, and to try what is truly possible. we trust this film, and a story it tells, is a product of my purpose,” pronounced Gleason in a statement.
The Gleason Project, which is usually a operative title, was denounced during an disdainful preview in Venice, CA on Thursday, Apr 23 during a private eventuality attended by Maria Bello, Clay Tweel, Seth Gordon, Pat Quinn, Rich Eisen, Eric Johnson, and Jessica Simpson.
Other producers on a plan embody Kimi Culp and Kevin Lake Culp has worked as a writer and story developer for NBC, ABC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is now producing Playing It Forward with Robert Downey Jr. That series, that recently launched with John Legend and Imagine Dragons, portrays unannounced travel performances by luminary artists to lift income for song preparation in open schools.
WME and UTA will hoop placement rights on interest of a filmmakers. The film is scheduled to be expelled in early 2016.