The Weinstein Company has announced that Sean Combs has joined the Oscar-nominated documentary Undefeated as executive producer and will executive produce the upcoming remake:
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Grammy® Award-winning rapper/producer/actor/entrepreneur Sean Combs has signed on as an executive producer of the studio's new documentary UNDEFEATED, which has been nominated for the 2012 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Combs will also be an executive producer on TWC's planned feature remake of UNDEFEATED.
Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, UNDEFEATED is a coming-of-age verite-style documentary centering on several young student-athletes and the volunteer coach who guides them through a rough, yet rewarding, football season in northern Memphis. It opens in limited release on February 17.
Combs has produced numerous projects over the years, including the award-winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN and NOTORIOUS, as well as the hit television shows "Making the Band" on MTV and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" for HBO. He has been featured in a wide range of film projects, including the recent Judd Apatow-produced comedy GET HIM TO THE GREEK and will continue to make the transition from music to film projects this year.
"I am excited to partner with Harvey Weinstein on this incredible project. UNDEFEATED is a great American story with a lot of heart and soul. It had a profound effect on me and I couldn't get it out of my mind when I saw it. There is so much truth and so much hope in this film, and I feel passionately that everyone who sees it will be inspired," commented Combs.
Said Weinstein, "There's a moment in UNDEFEATED when the coach tells the players, 'Football doesn't build character – football reveals character.' I think that's one of the reasons football is so important to me. But that line could just as easily apply to UNDEFEATED itself. In telling the story of a football team, this film says so much about individuals, about community and about our country. I'm so proud of UNDEFEATED, and we feel very fortunate to have Sean on board to bring this story to audiences now and in the future."