Turning the Tide: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friday Night Lights second unit director Allan Graf has signed on to direct Turning the Tide for Gerald Molen's Whitelight Entertainment.
Graf co-wrote the project with John Ledesma based on a story by John Papadakis. It centers on the September 12th, 1970, college football showdown between the all-white Alabama Crimson Tide -- led by the legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant -- and the integrated USC Trojans.
The September 2004 50th anniversary issue of Sports Illustrated ranked the game as No. 6 in the "20 Most Important Moments in Sports." Graf, a USC football player at the time, said this story is a fitting transition for his first outing as a director. "My experience at USC with Coach John McKay was extremely important to me," Graf said. "To be able to bring this amazing part of that experience to a worldwide audience will be phenomenal. I was there, I lived it, and I'm very excited to have the support of the university behind us. This is a story that has to be told."