Ever hear the one about the high school football team that doesn’t actually exist but was supposed to play on ESPN anyway?
Well, this strange saga is getting the documentary treatment. According to The Hollywood ReporterHBO has begun filming a documentary about the strangest story in football from last season.
In case you haven’t heard, “Bishop Sycamore” somehow convinced ESPN producers to have them play against IMG Academy (Florida) a year ago. Not much worked out for the scammers. Ohio State’s mock public school ended up losing to top-ranked IMG Academy by a score of 58-0. The blast was so bad that broadcasters expressed concern for the safety of the Centurions players during the game.
The loss prompted head coach Roy Johnson to be fired. In a twist, his deputy admitted to a Television station in Columbus that it’s not really a school, but a “postgraduate football academy”, whatever that means.
New York Giants great Michael Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment won the rights to tell the story, as the Athletic won an Oscar directed by Adam McKayHyperobject Industries and Boat Rocker are on board as co-producers on the project. Directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe.
The film will be available to stream on HBO Max in 2023.
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