WWE Studios is taking a detour from their regular slate of horror films and 12 Rounds sequels to adapt the inspirational story of Kevin Laue into a feature film.
WWE Studios announced today that they have acquired the rights to adapt Franklin Martin’s 2013 documentary Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story to a feature film, following the young man who defied all odds to become the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Kara Holden (Carrie Pilby, The Opposite of Love, Soul Surfer) is set to write the adaptation with a director soon to be announced.
Inspired by Martin’s documentary, Long Shot will detail the trials and tribulations Laue faced and surpassed during his journey from the sleepy town of Pleasanton, California to the basketball court of Manhattan College in New York City, where he became a member of the Division I team in 2009.
“Kevin’s story is absolutely captivating and exemplifies true ambition, will and dedication,” said Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios. “It’s a privilege for us to spotlight his inspiring achievements to audiences worldwide.
Kevin Laue also helped pave the way for athletes with similar disabilities after him, like Zac Hodskins, who debuted for the Florida Gators in 2014, and high school basketball player Geno Policicchio, seen here showing off his incredible skills.