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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2013 at 1:54PM

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.
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.