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Comedy Series Inspired By Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers in the Works

Robbie rogersA comedy series detailing the story of openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers has received a production greenlight from Universal Television, Deadline reports.

The series, part of producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s deal at Universal TV, will center on Rogers’ experiences as the first openly gay man to compete in a top U.S. professional sports league. Rogers came out in February 2013 before joining the LA Galaxy team later that year.

Zadan and Meron, the openly gay duo behind the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, will serve as executive producers for the upcoming series. Rogers will also serve as a producer. 

Jake Gyllenhaal Goes to Bat for Damn Yankees


Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jim Carrey are attached to star in a movie adaptation of the musical Damn Yankees produced by Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel:

Jake3 "'Damn Yankees,' which bowed on Broadway in 1955 and won seven Tony Awards, focuses on Joe Boyd, a happily married middle-aged man whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team. He's transformed into slugger Joe Hardy, in exchange for Boyd's soul. Boyd can break the deal, but the deadline occurs during the World Series. For good measure, the devil engages Lola, a gorgeous lost soul, to seduce the slugger and seal his fate. The plan is for Carrey to play the devil, and Gyllenhaal to play Boyd. It's the first musical for each."

Carrey, as you know, stars in the upcoming gay prison romance I Love You Phillip Morris.

So Jake will play the ballplayer, and well, there hasn't been a good excuse to post these shots in ages. One more, AFTER THE JUMP...

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