John Scott's All-Star-inspired movie to be written by Mitch Albom
John Scott's NHL All-Star experience is coming to a theater near you.
The write-in All-Star who became game MVP has captured the attention of Hollywood, culminating in the acquisition of the story's rights by Mandelay Sports Media.
Mitch Albom, longtime Detroit Free Press sportswriter and author of "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," will write the feature film script will be produced by MSM’s Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach, according to Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline.
Scott, of course, was selected by fans to captain the Pacific Division as a member of the Arizona Coyotes, but was subsequently traded to the Montreal Canadiens and assigned to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps, with his wife set to give birth to twins later that month.
After allegedly being pressured by the NHL to vacate his spot, he showed up in Nashville and completely stole the show.
For Albom, the story was too great not to share on the big screen.
"When John was traded from Arizona to the Canadiens and promptly sent down, it seemed like he was being punished for an arbitrary thing that wasn’t about sports, after he dug in when the league pushed down on him to withdraw," Albom said.
"At first, he said the same thing Rocky did when asked to fight the champ. He said, 'No, I don’t belong there' - this after fans started voting for him. But then, they pushed down on him and he said, 'I know I don’t belong with these guys from a talent level, but I do know how to skate, and I’m not going to fall on my face. I may not be the greatest, but I’ve put my time in.' And he was the best player on the ice that day."
Tollin’s sports movie credits include "Varsity Blues," "Summer Catch," "Radio," and "Coach Carter."
There's no word yet on who will play the role of Scott.