Pickleball is undergoing documentary processing.
Producer Ashley Underwood (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) and Writer/Producer Craig Coyne (Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix) is working with Peter Berg’s movie A nonfiction exploration of one of the fastest growing movements to be co-directed by Seth Porges and Mary Pilon.
According to sources about the project, the as-yet untitled documentary will use Pickleball’s top leagues, events, players and celebrity fans to “examine the professionalisation and commodification of the sport” The sport is popular and continues to rise amid the pandemic.
Case in point: Just yesterday, NFL legend Tom Brady and tennis champion Kim Christes confirmed they were part of a ownership group member for the MLB Pickleball expansion team, and CBS revealedPickled, a two-hour CBS sports comedy special hosted by Stephen Colbert. The late November event will feature celebrity attendees such as Will Ferrell, Max Greenfield, Daniel Dae Kim, Sugar Ray Leonard, June Diane Raphael, Kelly Rowland, Paul Scher, Aisha Taylor and Emma Watson among others.
The documentary is said to have been created by Underwood and Cohen and financed by the studio . As such, Matthew Goldberg, Michael Antinolo and Max Wagner will serve as executive producers for the film . Principal photography is scheduled to begin in November, with worldwide sales by WME Independent.
Underwood and Coyne are represented by Robert Benun of WME and BenunLaw. Porges debuts his feature film by directing HBO Max’s Buzz Collective Action Park about an extremely dangerous amusement park from behind, and has been picked up by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan.
Pilon, best known for his first book Monopoly: Obsession, Fury and Scandal Behind the World’s Most Popular Board Game , by CAA and Goffman Schneider. Film 45 is an Emmy Award-winning production company producing unscripted entertainment including documentaries, documentaries, live events and branded content. The company is a subsidiary of Endeavour.