There are sports movies. There are war movies. Playing with the Enemy will be both, and it’s set to be directed by Jim Sheridan, who has worked in both genres before.
Sheridan will direct the film and re-write its script, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
The film is an adaptation of the 2006 book Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore, about his father, Gene Moore, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers before joining the Navy in 1940. While stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana, he taught German POWs how to play baseball.
Several of Sheridan’s films have dealt with The Troubles in Northern Ireland, including 1997 film The Boxer, in which his frequent collaborator Daniel Day Lewis played a boxer imprisoned for his involvement with the IRA. Among his other past films are My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Brothers, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
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