John Grisham’s ‘Pizza’ gets pickup

According to a news report from, “Phoenix Pictures has picked up the movie rights to John Grisham’s best-selling novel “Playing for Pizza.”

The company’s Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites will produce,” said the story. “The story centers on a washed-up NFL quarterback who finds a new perspective on life and a love for all things Italian when his agent lands him a deal to play with a semi-professional team in Parma, Italy. The novel is one of Grisham’s’ few non-legal tomes, and it ironically came together when the lawyer-turned-author was in Italy researching “The Broker.”

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