Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant has been hired by Disney to write an untitled biopic on Texas high school teacher Lynn Shaw.
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are producing this drama, which centers on Shaw, a teacher who built up a high school drama program and turned it into one of the best in the country. Lynn Shaw died of breast cancer in 2009.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar first sparked to the project after watching an ABC News Nightline segment on the teacher, which featured her former students at J.J. Pearce High School talking about their beloved teacher.
While this is not a sports-themed story, the producers likened this untitled project to Disney sports dramas such as Miracle and The Rookie. Here's what Alfred Gough had to say about the similarity to sports movies.
"Neither Miles and I are huge sports people, but it was a way to capture the emotion of those movies that appeal to a wide audience. For us, (Shaw's story) also falls into that sort of vein, but as opposed to a coach-players relationship, it's a teacher-students relationship."
No production schedule was revealed for the project.