The inspirational story of a Gettysburg College basketball player is expected to be made into a movie.
Cory Weissman suffered a stroke during his first year on campus, only to return to the court for one moment during his senior year. That tale is now coming to the silver screen. Shooting for the movie "1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story" will begin on campus in October.
David Henrie, from the "Wizards of Waverly Place," will play the lead in the movie. Multiple Emmy nominee Beau Bridges will star as Gettysburg College basketball coach George Petrie, and Jean Louisa Kelly will play Weissman's mother, Tina, a physical therapist who became her son's partner in a long recovery.
Six-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval will compose and record the score for the film.
The movie is produced by former longtime Disney executive Bruce Gordon and Bob Burris ("Growing Pains"), who also wrote the script, and will be directed by Michael Levine ("Nowhere Man"). The film is a production of Gettysburg Great Productions, LLC, a subsidiary of Gettysburg College.
Weissman was a 1,000-point high school basketball standout, who suffered a catastrophic, life-threatening stroke at the end of his freshman year, leaving him paralyzed on the left side. Three years later, in the last game of his senior year, he improbably returned to the basketball court. Petrie's plan was simple. The still-recovering, co-captain Weissman would be a starter, would hear his name announced and then, to avoid any possibility of injury, would be immediately removed from the game after the opening tap.
When Weissman's name was announced and he walked to the center circle, the crowd erupted. When a beaming Weissman was quickly replaced, the cheering intensified and a raucous celebration ensued.
With Gettysburg up by a commanding lead, Petrie made the fateful decision to put Weissman back in for the game's remaining seconds. But for opposing Washington College coach Rob Nugent, the story was not yet complete. Nugent instructed his players to deliberately foul Weissman. In his last season, in his last game, he finally had a chance to score the first -- and only -- point of his collegiate basketball career. After missing the first foul shot, Weissman made the second shot.
"That was the most confident shot of my basketball career," Weissman said. "I thought to myself: 'After three years of hard work and all I've been through, there's no way this ball's not going in.'"
Weissman's moment was covered by dozens of national media outlets, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.