Is John Scott the next feel-good sports story in Hollywood? Survey says: Yes.
Ben Hankinson, Scott’s Minneapolis-based agent, confirmed Tuesday that movie rights to Scott’s NHL castoff-turned All-Star Game MVP story have been obtained by Mandalay Sports Media. Mike Tollin will produce and Detroit sports columnist Mitch Albom is slated to write the script.
“We heard from many, many producers who wanted to get something like this done,” Hankinson said. “John is a smart guy. Well-rounded. He wasn’t looking for something like fame or fortune from this. But it was hard to say no.
“This [experience] has changed his life. Hopefully he continues to make a difference [and] inspiring people.”
Scott, a former Wild player, made headlines last month when he was selected to the NHL All-Star Game via fan vote while with the Arizona Coyotes. He was traded to Montreal soon after, and sent to the minors.
Despite some thought to the contrary (mind the language), Scott played in the game as one of four team captains in the 3-on-3 style event. He scored two goals for his squad, and was named MVP. He was carried off the ice.
Previously, the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Scott was known primarily for his physical play. In 285 NHL games, he has 542 penalty minutes and only 11 points. He scored six goals in three minor league seasons with the Houston Aeros, who used to be a Wild minor league team, while compiling 402 penalty minutes. With the Wild from 2008 to 2010, he once scored a goal and piled up 111 penalty minutes.
Mandalay Sports Media has helped produce feature films and television documentaries in the past. Hankinson said there is no timeline for the film but that things developed quickly.
“John still has a hockey career; getting back to the NHL is still his No. 1 goal,” he said. “We’re just going to let it play out and let the producers handle it.”
So let’s hear it: Who plays the lead role? At 54, is D.B. Sweeney of “The Cutting Edge” too old? How about Joshua Jackson from the Mighty Ducks?