Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg Looking To Direct Film About Hockey Enforcer Derek Boogaard
While Peter Berg has had some successes as a director, from the $200 million hit Hancock to the TV show-spawning Friday Night Lights, his last film was not one of them. Battleship cost Universal a reported $209 million to make and only managed to make $65 million domestically, and while it did fairly well overseas - pulling in $237 million - it was still considered a disappointment.
But Berg hasn't let it get him down. He has already completed production on his next film, the SEAL drama Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana, and while he's still preparing that project for it's November 15th release date it looks as though he's already found his next potential gig.
Deadline has learned that the director is looking to teaming up with Focus Features to tell the tragic story of notable hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who played in the National Hockey League from 2005 to 2011. The athlete's career was cut short when he died at the age of 28 from a lethal mixture of painkillers and alcohol, taken to try and sooth brain damage caused by the heavy contact sport. Berg is only attached as a producer at this point and is only hoping to direct, but Ryan Condal, screenwriter of Brett Ratner's upcoming Hercules, has been tapped to pen the script, adapting a series of articles from New York Times writer John Branch titled "Punched Out: The Life And Death Of A Hockey Enforcer."
You can actually watch the three part video series about Boogaard on the New York Times website here, here, and here.
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