John Grisham's Playing for Pizza Being Adapted
Another one of John Grisham's many novels is being adapted, and this time it's Playing for Pizza, one his few non-legal books. The bestseller first hit bookshelves late last year and is being adapted by Phoenix Pictures (The Thin Red Line, Holes, Zodiac). No screenwriter has been found for the project yet, but Phoenix is looking to adapt it in a similar fashion to Zodiac and Martin Scorsese's currently in-production Shutter Island. Does Playing for Pizza have the makings to become another brilliant Grisham film?
From Amazon.com: Third-string Cleveland Browns quarterback Rick Dockery becomes the greatest goat ever by throwing three interceptions in the closing minutes of the AFC championship game. Fleeing vengeful fans, he finds refuge in the grungiest corner of professional football, the Italian National Football League as quarterback of the inept but full-of-heart Parma Panthers. What ensues is a winsome football fable, replete with team bonding and character-building as the underdog Panthers challenge the powerhouse Bergamo Lions for a shot at the Italian Superbowl. The book is also Grisham's love letter to Italy.
I hate to compare this story to other films out there, but it really sounds a bit like Leatherheads combined with everything Italian. A football story set in Italy? Has anyone read this and can anyone confirm that it actually could be good? Is there more football or more story to this book? Don't forget that just because John Grisham wrote the novel, that means it will be good. Need I remind you of the travesty Christmas with the Kranks? Remarkably that was adapted from Grisham's Skipping Christmas.