Fox 2000 has acquired a feature romantic comedy pitch from Five All and writer Jonathan A. Abrams, inspired by the true story of tennis player Genie Bouchard's Super Bowl bet gone viral, which earned a "random guy" on Twitter a date with the 2014 Wimbledon finalist. Bouchard is attached to Executive Produce.
The film will explore dating and love in the modern digital age, asking if a relationship born on social media can survive the glare of the public eye.
In 2017, with the Atlanta Falcons beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, Bouchard tweeted, "I knew Atlanta would win btw," to which Patriots fan John Goehrke responded, "[I]f [P]atriots win we go on a date?" Bouchard's response, "Sure," made headlines around the world after Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 25-point comeback victory. Bouchard honored the bet several weeks later, flying Goehrke to New York to attend a Brooklyn Nets game, where they sat courtside at the Barclays Center. The two continued to date over the following year, and attended Super Bowl LII together, where the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Abrams recently wrote the book for "The Heart of Rock & Roll," a new musical inspired by the iconic songs of Huey Lewis and the News, which premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2018 and is eyeing a Broadway run. He wrote "Diplomats" for 20th Century Fox with Chernin Entertainment producing, and has developed television dramas for A&E, FOX, ABC, NBC, and The CW.
Five All's Douglas Banker will produce alongside State Street Pictures Company, run by George Tillman and Robert Teitel (“The Hate U Give”). Jay Marcus will oversee for State Street.
Abrams is repped by Mosaic and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Banker is repped by WME and Morris Yorn. Tillman and Teitel are repped by CAA.