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In the Works: Derek Cianfrance On Board to Direct 'ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun' for Focus

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by Beth Hanna
September 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond the Pines") is attached to direct "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun." The book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales follows the rise of the eponymous cable network, via interviews with past and present ESPN personalities and producers. Fox acquired the book rights more than two years ago, and Focus has now resuscitated it from turnaround. 

The team is currently looking for a scribe to adapt the material. The project has reunited Focus with "Fifty Shades of Grey" producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (also producers on David Fincher's "The Social Network").

Cianfrance additionally has "The Light Between Oceans" in the pipeline, another adapted work, scooped up by DreamWorks last November. Set during WWI, the story follows the struggles of a married couple confronted with a ship, carrying an infant and dead man, washing up on the shores near their lighthouse.

Here's our Q & A with Cianfrance for "Place Beyond the Pines."

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