April 6, 2018
It seems that everyone wants to get into the movies these days, an industry where the rewards can far outweigh the risks. This summer, Marvel will be premiering its first two self-produced films,
The Incredible Hulk
, and now comes word that ESPN will be turning to the big screen. The sports network announced that it would be collaborating with Creative Artists Agency and Disney Studios to produce and distribute sports-themed feature films. Movies will be financed by Walt Disney, which owns ESPN; outside investors; or a combination thereof. Considering the success the network has had with its made-for-TV films such as
The Bronx Is Burning
(about the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt), the move into theatrical films may not be such a surprise. The question of whether ESPN can succeed in this arena, however, lies in the public’s appetite for sports films, which have had a checkered history of success.
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