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WWE Studios to adapt Kevin Laue basketball documentary into feature film

LOS ANGELES – WWE Studios has announced 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, Calif., 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.”

WWE Studios will be handling worldwide rights and will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms – including weekly TV shows, digital and social media and the WWE Network – to market this title.

Kevin Laue and Franklin Martin’s Dutchmen Films are represented by G. Pirozzi Consulting.