*Paramount Pictures has acquired a spec package with “Captain America” star Anthony Mackie, “Dear White People” helmer Justin Simien and the 2013 Black List comedy script “Make A Wish.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is set up as a star vehicle for Mackie. He’ll play Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying 14-year-old who adores him. It’s not an easy wish, though; the kid wants the football star to help him score before he dies…that is, score off the field…with a girl.
Mackie will also serve as an executive producer along with Jason Newman and Jason Weinberg.
Mackie just wrapped production on the Columbia Pictures comedy “Xmas,” opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the John Hillcoat-directed thriller “999” opposite Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Teresa Palmer. He’s currently filming “Our Brand Is Crisis” opposite Sandra Bullock for Warner Bros.