Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, is about to enjoy a fifth feature film adaptation of one of his books. Tonight, Disney announced that a movie is coming for Lewis’ Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life, a quick novel about the effect one prep school coach had on the writer. Lewis will write the screenplay, with Gil Netter (The Blind Side) producing.
If Coach is even mildly successful, Lewis adaptations are going to be viewed as darned good ideas. The Blind Side was a huge hit in 2009, earning $256 million in the US (off a reported $30 million or so budget), scoring a Best Picture nomination (in a year with a ridiculous collection of ten films) and a Best Actress win for Sandra Bullock. Moneyball is currently doing well for a moderately distributed film that’s potentially seen as a niche interest, with a $75 million take as of this writing. Better yet for Moneyball’s longevity is the film’s nearly 100% positive critical response and six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (okay nine movies this year), Best Adapted Screenplay, and acting nods for Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
If you happen to be a Michael Lewis fan, you might be thinking that his Liar’s Poker is really the book that’s movie ready. And you’d be right. Liar’s Poker is in development, as is an adaptation for another Lewis finance-centric book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.
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