‘The Fighter’ Scribes To Co-Write Movie About Leicester City’s Hollywood-Ending English Soccer Season
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Fighter and who also penned the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing pic Patriots Day, have found a new project to kick…
By Patrick Hipes

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Fighter and who also penned the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing picPatriots Day, have found a new project to kick around. The have been set to write a screenplay with Goal: The Dream Begins scribe Adrian Butchart about Leicester City, the club which despite 5000-to-1 odds won the English Premiere League title this year overcoming perennial monied powerhouses like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Simon Egan and Gareth Ellis-Unwin of Bedlam Productions (The King’s Speech) are producing with Butchart’s Knightsbridge Films.

The pic will focus on striker Jamie Vardy, who four years earlier had been working in a factory before joining Leicester City, scoring in a Premiere League-record 11 consecutive matches during the stretch to help the team clinch the title, topping the table by 10 points over second-place Arsenal. Vardy scored 24 goals on the season (and just signed a new four-year deal with the club after overtures from said Arsenal, so he’s staying put). The title run is considered one of the most improbable ever in the sport, like if the No. 16 seed at the NCAA Tournament kept winning, and winning, and winning all the way to the championship.

“Gareth and I are thrilled to be able to welcome Paul and Eric to the team,” Egan said. “They were nominated by the Academy for The Fighter in same year that The King’s Speech was in contention and we saw and heard firsthand how highly respected and talented they both are. We very much wanted to find a way we might work together. Brilliant writers who bring another layer of top-tier talent to this project.”

Tamasy was born in England and has played soccer his whole life — he now plays on a BAFTA rec league team in Los Angeles. “Eric and I had just signed with Josh Varney at 42 for representation in the UK when Josh asked me if there was a story out there I really wanted to tell. Without hesitation I said, ‘Jamie Vardy’s and Leicester’s unlikely climb to the top of the Premier League.’ The story represents everything we love in a movie.”

Added Johnson: “This is more than a sports film, it’s a once-in- a-lifetime story about the fulfillment of impossible dreams and the strength of the human spirit. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. I’m extremely excited and proud to be a part of it.”

Tamasy and Johnson, whose credits also include Disney’s The Finest Hours, are repped by CAA, the Gotham Group, 42 and attorney George Davis.

Looks like they’ve got a great team behind the movie now.  And according to my source, Louis is actually still in consideration for the role. This is WAY better than the way it was originally presented, so this is exciting :)

When a Director is not a Director

Thanks to @larrymama for sending me this link.  It looks like Niall is legally responsible for Modest Golf even if he’s not registered with Companies House.

Whether you act as a director in an official capacity or take a director-like role without the title, there can be serious consequences for the unwary, writes Gary Cousins, of Cousins Business Law, a legal specialist for small businesses.

The problem is that, as far as the law is concerned, your responsibilities are the same whether you have the title of director but not the actual role, have the role without the title, or have both the role and title.

Directors are not just those who are registered as directors at Companies House. They are anyone who acts as a director, whether they are called directors or not. They include directors who have been appointed by the company but never properly registered. 

If a company runs into financial difficulties, then in certain circumstances, the directors can be held responsible and sometimes have personally financial liability. 

The three groups who are most at risk are:

Directors in name only

It is quite common for a long-standing employee to be offered a directorship. From the company’s point of view, this makes sense: it’s a way of incentivising important employees without having to increase their pay as much as would otherwise have been the case. But, from the employee’s point of view, this can be dangerous.

Many such people say that, apart from the title, nothing much else has changed: they don’t actually get involved in running the company and are often not given full financial information.

Advice: if this is you, demand to be kept fully informed and be involved in decision-making; otherwise, it’s best not to be a director.

So, legally, Niall does have legal and financial responsibility for the company due to presenting himself as a Director, even if he’s not officially registered.

The question remains, why is he not officially registered?  And does he know that he has this legal responsibility without being on the filed documents?  I would hope so. Because otherwise, they’ve misinformed him of his liability.

But if he does know, I wonder why he’d choose not to be made official.

And regardless of the Director title, he is not now, nor has he ever been, the owner of this company.