Happy Madison Making Rick Dempsey Comedy


Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison have acquired a script by Johnathon Schaech, Josh Wolf and Richard Chizmar that comedically explores an incident in the life of ex-Baltimore Orioles player Rick Dempsey, whose Little League coach turned out to be a bank robber.

Variety says the script was written with input from Dempsey, the scrappy ballplayer who was named MVP of the 1983 World Series.

“Our pitch was, it’s ‘Catch Me if You Can’ meets ‘Bad News Bears’ with a touch of ‘Bad Santa,'” Schaech said.

Dempsey’s coach, John Jennings, steered the team to a Little League World Championship in 1963, did time for his crimes and died of cancer after his release from prison.

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