‘Coda’ Star to Lead Disney+ Series About the Deaf Football Team
Disney+ is developing a series based on the California School for the Deaf Riverside (CSDR) football team, with Troy Kotsur attached to play the coach of the team, Diversity has learned.
ABC Signature has partnered with CSDR, their football program, and the California Department of Education to develop the untitled series for Disney+. The show will tell the true story of the CSDR Cubs’ 2021 football season, when the team went undefeated and reached the California State Championship.
The series will portray students, teachers and their families. The writing and production team will consist of artists from the deaf community, both in front of and behind the cameras.
Ron Shelton is attached to write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce, with Ben Shelton also set to write and executive produce. Kotsur will executive produce in addition to starring. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Marlee Matlin is also an executive producer with Burt Salke, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, Rainn Wilson, Jack Jason, Bill Horberg and Christina Lurie. CSDR alumnus John Mousere will consult and co-produce. ABC is Signature Studio.
Kotsur is best known for his role in the upcoming 2021 film “CODA”. For his work in the film, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him only the second Deaf actor to win an Academy Award. The first was Matlin. He also won a BAFTA, SAG and Critics’ Choice Award for “CODA”. Kotsur’s other credits include films such as “The Number 23” and shows such as “The Mandalorian,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Scrubs.”
in an interview with Diversity After his Oscar win, Kotsur said he was excited to explore more opportunities in front of the camera, now that he is more famous.
“Well, there are many action-adventure-type scripts, many historical figures,” he said. “We have such a rich history in the deaf community. We have had tragedies, we have had success, but no one knows about these stories. They have been neglected for so long. I love this treasure of storytelling. I want to bring it to the fore.”
Kotsur is reprized by Verve, Metric Talent and Attorney Logan Clare. Shelton is reiterated by Verve, Brillstein and attorney Mark von Arks.