“It’s something we’re really excited about,” Mangold said about his film inspired by the documentary of the same name from 2005. The critically hailed true life story of quadriplegic athletes who compete in the ultra competitive (and violent) sport of wheelchair rugby is currently in development for Mangold to direct. “We’re working on the script right now. It’s got great characters in that piece. Zupan is a great focal point in the film.”
Zupan is Mark Zupan, essentially the hero in the documentary. Paralyzed from a car crash when he was just 18, Zupan was a stand out character in the original film thanks to a tenacious competitive streak and dazzling charisma.
Mangold, for one, is planning on sticking pretty close to the documentary’s storyline. “I believe in the documentary. They isolated a great storyline. A lot of the characters and the stories and the way that movie works have been our guide.”