Someone Wants To Make A Movie About The History Of ESPN
The truth is that no company is without its fair share of turmoil at the beginning. With most founders of companies pouring all of their blood, sweats, tears and, most importantly, money into their companies at the start, there is sure to be drama. And, as Social Network also taught us, drama makes for a great movie.
It’s one of the reasons we’re super excited to hear there are some Hollywood bigwigs who are reportedly interested in turning Those Guys Have All The Fun—the new book about the history of ESPN—into a movie. Now, we know what you’re thinking: What’s so interesting about the history of ESPN? And, here’s our answer: EVERYTHING!
If you haven’t had a chance to read through the book yet—full disclosure: I’ve only skimmed it (the thing is as big as War & Peace!) but I’ve read a number of excerpts and have a good sense of what it entails—ESPN wasn’t always the Worldwide Leader In Sports. In fact, when it first launched, most people didn’t think it was going to be around very long. There was no “Top 10 Plays” segment, no quirky hip-hop-themed catch phrases, and no funny commercials about what goes down on the set of SportsCenter. What there was, though, was plenty of drama. From Chris Berman to Keith Olbermann to Stuart Scott, ESPN has always been filled with a cast of characters that keep things interested both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.
Now, we know what else you’re thinking: But I don’t like sports! And the good part about this movie is that you really don’t have to like sports to like it. Just like Social Network wasn’t all about technology, Those Guys Have All The Fun won’t be all about sports. Sure, a general knowledge of how sports work would help. But something tells us that even if you don’t know a single thing about sports, you’d enjoy a movie about ESPN. Trust us: There have been some crazy things that have gone done at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. residence over the years.
Basically, a movie about the history of ESPN is a no-brainer. Outside of the fact there’s plenty of material to work with, the wide range of characters would also give some lucky talent scout out there a golden opportunity to put together a hell of a cast for the movie. And, if done right, it’s a movie that could garner some Oscar nods.
We’re sure some of you still have your doubts. We’re sure some of you don’t believe the history of ESPN is all that interesting. Then again, we’re pretty sure a lot of you heard about a movie based on the history of Facebook and thought the very same thing. And what did you learn from that?