Walden Media and Jordan Kerner's Kerner Entertainment Company are teaming up on the feature adaptation of sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski's 2005 book The Miracle Of St Anthony.

The book explores a year of the life of Bob Hurley Sr, one of America's most successful and prolific high-school basketball coaches who led a team from a depressed New Jersey neighbourhood to a series of state and national titles.

This is the first project to be developed under Kerner Entertainment Company's first look deal with Walden Media. Sam Weisman will direct and Josh Shelov will adapt the screenplay.

Kerner previously partnered with Walden Media on 2006's Charlotte's Web and will serve as producer. Weisman will serve as executive producer. Wojnarowski and Hurley will act as consultants.

'Since starting Walden Media, Cary [Granat] and I have been looking for an inspiring story that illustrates the transforming power of education,' Walden co-founder and president Michael Flaherty said.

'In his wonderful depiction of Bob Hurley, the students, parents, and teachers who have contributed to Saint Anthony's national reputation of excellence, Adrian has given us that gift with his uplifting book.'

Flaherty added that Walden would devise a grassroots campaign that would 'honour other great coaches, parents, students, and teachers who have given so much of themselves to ensure that their students receive the quality education they so richly deserve.'

Walden Media vice president of development Evan Turner will oversee the project on the company's behalf. Executive vice president of business and legal affairs Jim Meenaghan negotiated the deals for the company.

Kerner is represented by CAA. Weisman is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Christine Cuddy. Shelov is represented by Paradigm and Shawn Simon of Anonymous Content.