WaldenMedia has committed to produce Carlisle School, a feature about the early life and times of the championNative American Olympian Jim Thorpe with John Sayles attached to write thescreenplay.
The picture will be produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, theduo behind Miracleand The Rookie, aswell as John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo) and Jim Crabbe.
It is understood the story will focus on Thorpe's collegiatesports career close to a century after he began his education at the CarlisleIndian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.
Thorpe led the football teams in 1911 and 1912 to victoriesagainst some of the leading colleges of the day and went on to win pentathlonand decathlon gold medals at the 1912 Olympic Games in Sweden.
"We are all thrilled to be working with this dream team, whobetween them have been involved with some of the most inspiring sports films inrecent memory," Walden Media executive vice president of production AlexSchwartz said in a statement. "The passion they bring to the material is trulyextraordinary."
Vice presidentof production and development Joe del Hierro and production executive EvanTurner will oversee the project for the company, reporting to Schwartz.