First there was John Scott the all-star and now it appears there’s going to be a John Scott movie character.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Mandalay Sports Media has acquired the feature life rights for Scott’s hockey journey and a movie script will be written by Detroit Free Press columnist and best-selling author Mitch Albom.
Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin and Jon Weinbach will reportedly produce the film while Albom has experience with scripts related to hockey as he was involved with a play called, “Hockey, the Musical” earlier this year.
Scott, 33, acknowledged last week in an interview with Sportsnet 590 The Fan that he was approached about the possibility of turning his controversial all-star appearance into a movie before the all-star game in Nashville.
“The movie thing is still going to happen, which is going to be super cool,” Scott told Dean Blundell & Co., last week. “The guy from Goon would probably be perfect [to play me], but he’s already spoken for, so I’m going to have to look somewhere else.”
“I think they want to do [the movie] fairly quickly while it’s still fresh in everyone’s mind,” said Scott.
Scott grew into a popular sports figure when the journeyman forward was voted into this year’s All-Star Game as the captain of the Pacific Division, despite playing limited minutes for the Arizona Coyotes this season.
His story gained notoriety across the sports world after the NHL reportedly tried to prevent him from playing him in the game and Scott was even traded from the Coyotes to Montreal Canadiens, where he was immediately assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.
Scott, eventually, was allowed to take part in the all-star festivities, where he earned All-Star Game MVP honours.
The Edmonton, Alta., native has one goal in nine games since being sent to St. John’s.