Varsity Blues series ordered at Quibi from writer Tripper Clancy
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Varsity Blues update series has been ordered by Quibi, with Tripper Clancy (Stuber) attached to pen the script. The 1999 high school football film was produced by Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television will be producing the series.
The Varsity Blues series will follow members of a high school football team and their battles with a demanding coach. Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, This Is Us) will direct.
The film starred James Van Der Beek as Jonathan “Mox” Moxon, the backup quarterback for West Canaan who’s elevated to QB1 following an injury to the team’s starter, Lance Harbor, played by the late Paul Walker. Mox clashes with the team’s authoritarian coach (Jon Voight), who forces players to play through potentially serious injuries. Amy Smart, Ali Larter, Scott Caan, Ron Lester, Eliel Swinton, and Thomas. F Duffy also starred in the film.
Mike Tollin and Tova Laiter, two producers from the movie, will serve as executive producers on the series alongside John Gatins and Peter Guber. Tollin and Guber’s MSM will produce with Paramount Television with Maia Glickman overseeing the project for MSM.
“For all those who cheered Mox’s refrain, ‘I don’t want your life,’ as well as all those who never heard of the West Canaan Coyotes, we’re thrilled to bring Varsity Blues to Quibi and into the 21st century,” Tollin previously said about the project.
The new streaming platform is expected to launch in April 2020.