Writer/director to adapt the baseball/WWII drama.

Critically acclaimed Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan (‘Brothers,’ ‘In America,’ ‘In the Name of the Father’) has signed on to rewrite and direct the drama ‘Playing With The Enemy.’

Per Deadline, the film is based on Gary W. Moore’s nonfiction book of the same name and tells of how his father put his baseball skills to use during WWII. “After being drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 15-year-old prodigy in 1940, Gene Moore joined the Navy and was stationed at a prisoner of war camp in Louisiana. There, he taught German prisoners of war how to play baseball. The film explores both the relationship between the German POWs and their American captors in the isolated camp at the height of the war, but also the relationship between Gene Moore and his son, to whom he is telling the story.”

David Ranes and Tom De Santo of New Myth Entertainment are producing the film alongside Sheridan, with Grace Oppenheimer and Wayne Duband on board as executive producers.

Sheridan is expected to move onto ‘Playing with the Enemy’ when he finishes up on ‘Sheriff Street,’ his autobiographical film about growing up in Dublin’s inner city in the 1950s.