When Mo’ne Davis pitched a shutout at the Little League World Series in August 2014, my first thought (after cheering the first girl to achieve such a milestone) was, ‘Wow! How long before someone makes a movie about her?’
Well, Throw Like Mo is the movie I was expecting. It’s being developed for Disney Channel and Davis will consult on it. No target airdate was announced, but you can check out the press release following the jump.
MO’NE DAVIS MOVIE, “THROW LIKE MO,” IN DEVELOPMENT FOR DISNEY CHANNEL
— Davis and espnW on Deck to Consult, Debra Martin Chase to Executive Produce —
Development is underway on a Disney Channel Original Movie “Throw Like Mo” – a biographical movie that will tell the inspiring story of Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old sports prodigy who made history in August 2014 as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. Davis, a member of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons and the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, will consult on the movie.
“Throw Like Mo” will be executive-produced by the Emmy Award-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls” movies and “Lemonade Mouth”). The writers are Sheldon Candis (writer and director of “LUV,” “A Slave in the White House” and director of Under Armour’s Misty Copeland campaign “I Will What I Want”) and Justin Wilson (“LUV,” “A Slave in the White House”). espnW, which has extensively covered the achievements of Mo’ne Davis, will also consult on the movie.
Naketha Mattocks, Vice President, Original Movies, Disney Channels, said, “Mo’ne is not only a top-notch athlete in three different sports – baseball, basketball and soccer – but she is an exemplary student and someone who will remind our audiences that they can do anything with hard work, dedication and belief in themselves.” Mattocks added, “We know her story will inspire audiences regardless of their age, culture or gender, and I am thrilled to have Debra, Sheldon and Justin leading the charge to bring this movie to life.”
Mo’ne Davis said, “There are so many great things happening to me right now, and it’s a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can’t wait to get started, and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.”
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