New Line's Inspirational Sports Biopic Wins One for 'Mulkey'
by Ethan Anderton
January 15, 2010
Everyone knows you're supposed to win one for "The Gipper." But soon sports teams might be inspired to win one for "Mulkey" as Variety reports Mike Tollin (Radio, Summer Catch) will direct Mulkey, the story of a firefighter named Louis Mulkey who spent his spare time as an assistant high school basketball coach in South Carolina before he and eight of his brave colleagues perished in a 2007 fire. After his death the local fire department presented the team with a custom memorial fire helmet which was placed on the bench for each of the team's games in the following season which saw them win their first ever state championship.
Not to trample on a dead man's grave, but I can't help but think of the implications that Mulkey is somehow responsible for the team's win in a cheesy 6th Man kind of way. I'm thinking of a ghost creating chaos and craziness on the basketball court with all sorts of supernatural shenanigans. However, with Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele (Ali) writing the script, this is sure to be quite a hard hitting inspirational sports drama and nothing like a screwball sports comedy. The film is part of ESPN's ambitious foray into feature films which has also seen a boost from their recent documentary about 30 for 30, an unprecedented series featuring 30 of today's finest storytellers telling thirty remarkable stories from the ESPN era. Anyone still a sucker for inspirational sports flicks?