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20th Century Fox buys movie rights to Kurt Warner story

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Nearly 14 years ago, a low hit from Rodney Harrison ended Trent Green’s season — and launched Kurt Warner’s career.

It seemed like a story straight out of Hollywood.  Now, Hollywood finally is catching up.

According to, 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to develop a feature based on the life of a guy who went from Northern Iowa to the fringes of the Packers roster to bagging groceries to the Arena Football League to three Super Bowl appearances, two league MVP awards, and one Super Bowl win to cap his first season as a starting quarterback.

Temple Hill will produce the film, which will be based in part on Warner’s autobiography, All Things Possible.

There’s no timetable for the release, but with Warner up for consideration for the Hall of Fame in early 2015, it would make sense to have it ready to go in August of that year.

Meanwhile, feel free to make some guesses about who’ll portray the key players in the film.  Including coach Dick Vermeil, who will be a character in a major motion picture for the second time in a decade.

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63 Responses to “20th Century Fox buys movie rights to Kurt Warner story”
  1. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 30, 2013 3:27 PM

    I love ya Kurt, but a movie, give me a break.

    Starring Tim Tebow as JC!

  2. cpo187 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    Bag Boy Baller

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:29 PM

    It’s about time someone made Kurt Warner’s journey in the NFL into a movie.

    This has to be the best rags to riches story ever in professional sports.

  4. MichaelWrites says: Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    It’s gonna be a blockbuster… it’s in the bag.

  5. swagjag says: Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    ..starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

  6. eastcoastninerfan says: Jul 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    Greg Kinnear as Dick Vermeil….worked last time!

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    Kurt is genuinely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and as unpretentious as they come. And his story is even more compelling than The Blind Side.

    I’ll buy a ticket.

  8. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    Will 50% of the movie force-feed us pictures of his wife in the stands like in the TV coverage of all the games he played?

  9. e23r0 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    This is going to be awwweeeesooommmmeeeee!

  10. silverandblackfan77 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    Could imagine like Brad Pitt as kurt the older version at least and Greg Kinnear could be recast as Dick Vermeil

  11. footballhistorian says: Jul 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    One point of clarity…Rodney Harrison CHEAP-SHOTTED Trent Green. He should have been punished severly for that hit.

  12. kcw0lf says: Jul 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    Greg Kinnear is probably available to reprise his role of Vermeil.

  13. godofwine330 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    This would make one helluva movie. It is almost unbelievable. I remember the Rodney Harrison hit that put Warner in the game and made Vermeil cry. You lose your starting QB in the preseason no one thinks you are making it to the Super Bowl…especially when you sucked the year before – but they did. I wish tey’d have beaten the Steelers because that would have made one helluva closure on his career.

  14. noring4youstill says: Jul 30, 2013 3:41 PM

    More importantly, who’ll play Bobby McCray? Who Dat

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    I’ll probably watch it….

    The NFL has been more lenient lately allowing Hollywood to depict the league.

    Can’t stand it when movies like Any Given Sunday are ruined by the lack of realism caused be using fake teams.

  16. sarcasm says: Jul 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    First of all, Kurt Warner is not a Hall of Fame Quarterback.

    Secondly, I was tired of this story when it was fluffed up by the media at every turn.

    Finally, let Flacco do it. If he can play Johnny U, he can play Kurt Warner and he already has the bad hair cut to go with it. Heck give Joe the Oscar if he also portrays Brenda, again he’s already got the bad hair cut.

  17. txtuff says: Jul 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    Samual L Jackson as Dick Vermeil!

  18. hatesycophants says: Jul 30, 2013 3:43 PM

    “Robbie Benson is the Lord! In the heartwarming tale of Kurt Warner – Bag boy to System QB!”

  19. FoozieGrooler says: Jul 30, 2013 3:43 PM

    Already cast as Kurt Warner, Samuel L. Jackson…
    “I said HIKE MF’er…!”

  20. cajunaise says: Jul 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    Making this film is a no-brainer business decision. It’s a great story, and the movie will make good $.

  21. marvsleezy says: Jul 30, 2013 3:49 PM

    If its based on the book it will be heavy on the religious angle.

    Surprised Kirk Cameron didnt buy it.

  22. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 30, 2013 3:49 PM

    Kirk Cameron as Kurt Warner. No doubt.

    They will just have to scale down all the other actors. Maybe scout some high schoolers for the action sequences.


  23. jmillmac says: Jul 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    As a Rams fan I’m very protective of this idea. Personally I’d go with Bradley Cooper as Kurt.

  24. fwippel says: Jul 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    It’s about time. I hope they do the whole thing, the rags to riches, washed up has-been to second-time NFL star. Great story.

  25. brianfromcanada says: Jul 30, 2013 3:57 PM

    From Bags to Riches

  26. jwil007 says: Jul 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    How many people can they say they went from bagging groceries to winning a SB???? and FYI Kurt will be in the HOF and it’s hwy robbery if he doesnt make it….Make the movie have Channing Tatum play Kurt Warner and it will do better than the blindside….or just as good.

  27. dfields4 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:04 PM

    Karl Urban as Kurt Warner.

    Betty White as Dick Vermeil.

    Big Bird as Warner’s wife.

  28. granadafan says: Jul 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    Who plays his wife, Ellen Degeneres?

  29. bigbluefan11 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    Rosie O’Donnell as Brenda Warner. She’s ALMOST annoying enough

  30. skinssweepgmen says: Jul 30, 2013 4:12 PM

    Ann B. Davis as his wife, of course.

  31. polamalurulz43 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Kurt Warner is not a HOF QB? Really? Is that even up for serious debate at this point…? Seems dubious to me. QB for Greatest Show on Turf, won a ring, should have won a second, but for Stoner Santonio Holmes.

    As for the movie, it is odd that it was not already made, either for the big screen or more likely TV. Lots of angles to take.

  32. bennyb82 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:14 PM

    I nominate Dave Chapelle for play by play.

  33. cruuuzcontrol says: Jul 30, 2013 4:15 PM

    Where does the movie stop? This could easily be a four hour epic, or two separate movies. Do you stop with the SB win and cut out his re-emergence with the Cards? How could you? Most importantly, if you show his whole career… Who plays Eli?

  34. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 30, 2013 4:15 PM

    Crushing Crybaby Kurt Warner’s Super Bowl Dreams – The James Harrison Story

    Now there’s a film I’d watch

  35. kane337 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    I volunteer to play the role of Trent Green.

  36. forty9erled says: Jul 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    Its a shame we dont that Burgess Meredith actor these days, him as Vermeil would be amazing!

    Just please please, PLEASE no more Keanu as a QB!

    But seriously, what about Daniel Day Lewis as Warner? I think Nicole Kidman as Brenda could work.

  37. deepseabreeze says: Jul 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    will smith as kurt warner

  38. charleslouis99 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    Gary Busey – Dick Vermeil
    Mark Wahlberg – Kurt Warner

  39. phreakin says: Jul 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    I love that title brianfromcanada.

    “Bags to Riches: The Kurt Warner Story”

  40. bigbluefan11 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:29 PM

    charleslouis99 says: Jul 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    Gary Busey – Dick Vermeil
    Mark Wahlberg – Kurt Warner

    Gary Busey looks more like Brenda Warner than Dick Vermeil

  41. theuglitruth says: Jul 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    Somewhere in the story Dick Vermeil is going to cry….still, it will be good!

  42. chi01town says: Jul 30, 2013 4:42 PM

    Great story!! I cant wait to see the movie. Kurt wouldnt play for Chicago but he is still a great QB

  43. realtheprince says: Jul 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dennis Quaid as Kurt Warner

  44. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    Trent Green didn’t have his career ended, he went to Kansas City and led some great teams.

  45. skinssweepgmen says: Jul 30, 2013 5:09 PM

    Rob’t Redford as Vermeil; Fred Savage as Eli.

  46. onbucky96 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:31 PM

    Elizabeth Hasselbeck as Brenda Warner. Both are shrews that never shut up…

  47. fumblenuts says: Jul 30, 2013 5:59 PM

    Colin Farrell as Kurt Warner
    Juliette Lewis as Brenda Warner
    Gene Hackman as Dick Vermeil

  48. sbmcintosh36 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    Mark Wahlberg is 5-1 How in the world is he gonna pull off playing Warner?

  49. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 6:55 PM

    Do we cast two different chicks to play Brenda Warner?

    We’re gonna need a spooky GI Joe Witch lady for the 1st half of the movie and a hot blonde chick for the 2nd half… wtf?

  50. wes602 says: Jul 30, 2013 6:58 PM


  51. hatesycophants says: Jul 30, 2013 7:05 PM

    Uh, Dennis Quaid is like 60 years old.


  52. channer81 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:34 PM

    Steve Buscemi as Kurt Warners manager at Food Lion..
    Damon Wayans jr as Az-Hakim
    Idris Elba as Mike Jones
    Justin Tuck as Leonard Little
    Helen Mirren as Georgia Frontiere
    Mike Golic as Peter King
    Michael J Fox as Bob Costas
    Winona Ryder as Jim Gray
    Jimmy Hart as Jeff Fisher
    The Game as Steve McNair

  53. billbrasky72 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:40 PM

    Forest Whitaker as Marshall Faulk

  54. lakermetskins says: Jul 30, 2013 7:41 PM

    A concussed Kurt Warner played by Vinny Barbarino. “What? Where?”

    For you 70’s sitcom people.

  55. nomesayin says: Jul 30, 2013 8:28 PM

    Tom Welling.

  56. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2013 8:55 PM

    Will Greg Kinnear play Dick Vermeil like how he did in ‘Invincible’?

    I would pay to see that.

  57. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 30, 2013 9:03 PM

    Ben Affleck as Kurt?

  58. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    Be interesting to see how Hollywood showcases Warner’s amazing abilities to play lousy while outdoors and in the cold.
    Warner was strictly an indoors, warm-weather passer.

  59. leo133074 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:58 PM

    There is only one man to play kurt.

    Channing tatum!

  60. starchybunker says: Jul 31, 2013 12:50 AM

    with Howie Long as Brenda Warner…

  61. starchybunker says: Jul 31, 2013 12:51 AM

    Ben Affleck as Kurt Warner…

  62. breakingb says: Jul 31, 2013 9:16 AM

    I wonder how they’ll portray his last game, against the “evil Saints”.

  63. wamj2008 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:41 AM

    The problem is the movie won’t have a happy ending. The guy won a Super Bowl but lost 2 more.

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