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Are AMC and Tommy Lee Jones Ready for Some Football?

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Between AMC’s impressive TV purview of ’60s advertising executives, the zombie apocalypse, the New Mexico meth trade, period railroad construction, Seattle crime scenes and Kevin Smith, there’s a very specific chunk missing: football! After all, what’s Sunday without a little pigskin? Enter Tommy Lee Jones…

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that critically acclaimed cable network AMC is en route to developing an adaptation of Sally Jenkins’ novel ‘The Real All-Americans,’ which follows the development of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.   The school’s storied football program was created by U.S. cavalry officer Richard Henry Pratt, an abolitionist and early equal rights proponent who traveled to the Dakota Territory in 1879 to recruit the school’s first students.

Pratt’s football program had an incredible record of 167-88-13 and saw the upbringing of a number of famed athletes and coaches, such as Olympian Jim Thorpe and coach Glenn “Pop” Warner.  If AMC decides to bring the script from frequent ‘Star Trek‘ film writer Nicholas Meyer to pilot, the network will attempt to recruit actor Tommy Lee Jones to at least direct the pilot, as a Texas native of Cherokee descent who once played football for Harvard University.

‘The Real All-Americans’ would mark the second period drama of the era for AMC, who recently picked up a second season of the railroad-building drama ‘Hell on Wheels.’  Did somebody say crossover?

How about you?  Does the latest drama development from AMC have you ready to play some two-hand touch with your remote?  How far would you like to see Tommy Lee Jones’ involvement go?  Hike us your thoughts in the comments below!

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