Jim Sheridan To Helm WWII Drama ‘Playing With The Enemy’

MIKE FLEMING JR
Deadline.com

EXCLUSIVE: Jim Sheridan, who made news earlier this week when he signed with WME’s Robert Newman and Manage-Ment’s Dan Halsted, has just committed to rewrite and direct Playing With The Enemy for newly formed New Myth Entertainment. The film is based on the Gary W. Moore book of the same name, which he wrote about how his father put his baseball skills to use during WWII. After being drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 15-year-old prodigy in 1940, Gene Moore joined the Navy and was stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana.  There, he taught German prisoners of war how to play baseball. The film explores both the relationship between the German POWs and their American captors in the isolated camp at the height of the war, but also the relationship between Gene Moore and his son, to whom he is telling the story.

New Myth Entertainment Partners David Ranes and Tom De Santo are producing with Sheridan, and Grace Oppenheimer and Wayne Duband are exec producers. New Myth is also financing, and Sheridan will make this after wrapping Sheriff Street, a film that is also being financed and produced by New Myth. Casting will happen quick, after Sheridan completes the re-write. Sheridan is repped by lawyer Ira Schrek along with WME and Manage-Ment.

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