Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Playing for Pizza, an adaptation of the John Grisham bestseller that will be scripted by J. Mills Goodloe. Phoenix Pictures optioned the book in May.

According to Variety, Playing for Pizza revolves around a veteran NFL quarterback who winds up on a semi-pro team in Italy after blowing his last chance to lead a team to the Super Bowl.

Production start date is being eyed for next spring in Italy.