Writer of ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Rudy’ to Do Screenplay About Girls’ Basketball

I loved Brian’s book and thought immediately that here was an opportunity to write a sports story from the female vantage point, something I’ve never done.

Angelo Pizzo, the screenwriter for the epic Indiana basketball movie “Hoosiers” as well as the popular Notre Dame Football movie “Rudy,” has signed on to write a movie script based on Maynard 8 Miles, a book by Brian J. Borland about Iowa high school girls’ basketball in the 1950s.

“I loved Brian’s book and thought immediately that here was an opportunity to write a sports story from the female vantage point, something I’ve never done,” Pizzo said. “Very few people know how special girls’ basketball was in Iowa during the ’50s. This book captures that uniqueness in a heartfelt and triumphant way.”

A graduate of Indiana University, Pizzo also studied at the University of Southern California’s film school. “Hoosiers” garnered two Academy Award nominations, and ESPN and USA Today both chose it as the best sports movie ever.

Mark Halloran and Tom Fowler of Mark Halloran Law Corp., and Reno Simonini of Simonini & Johnson brokered the deal for Borland. David Greenblatt of Greenlit Management and Eric Brooks of Bloom, Hergott represented Pizzo.

Maynard 8 Miles tells the true story of a family of four farmgirl sisters from the small, 350-person town of Maynard, Iowa, who overcame all odds to win the state girls’ basketball championship in 1956. The girls ended up dominating Iowa’s popular and now-defunct six-on-six basketball (three girls on offense, three girls on defense).

Borland, who’s also serving as co-producer of the film project, has partnered with former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan on the project. Ryan, who…

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