Jan 19, 2017 07:15 AM EST
Seth Gordon To Direct Film About Boston College Scandal
A film will be made about the infamous Boston College point-shaving scandal back in the late 1970s. It will be directed by Seth Gordon, who previously worked on "Identity Thief" (2013) and "Horrible Bosses" (2011).
Deadline reported that New Line Cinema was able to acquire "Boston College Fix." It is a pitch about the true story of the Boston College point-shaving scandal.
The scandal involved notorious mob personalities who infiltrated the school's basketball team to fix games during the late 1970s. Among the mobsters, Jimmy Conway and Henry Hill, were the people portrayed by Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta in "Goodfellas," respectively.
Seth Gordon, who is also the director of the 2017 remake of "Baywatch," will direct the film. The story will be written by Robert Carlock ("Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and it will be produced by RatPac Entertainment, Exhibit A Entertainment and Steel Titan Productions.
According to Variety, the story was first told in an ESPN documentary entitled "30 for 30" series. The story focused on the 1978-1979 Boston College basketball team as they were infiltrated by Pittsburgh gangsters and forced to participate in a point-shaving scheme, which was ultimately discovered by the FBI.
In a 2014 report by ESPN, the publication looked back on who was really responsible for the fix. Joe Lavine, who directed the "30 for 30" special "Playing for the Mob," found out about the Boston College scandal through a Sports Illustrated Feb. 1981 cover story.
Three Boston College players, Ernie Cobb, Richard Kuhn and Jim Sweeney, were pointed out by Hill, the gangster who became in informant, to have participated in the point-shaving scheme. There were conflicting stories from the gamblers and the players especially when it came to who actually joined the scheme and how much money was won or lost.
The upcoming film may hold new answers or at least a new perspective on the notorious scandal. No release date has been announced yet.
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