Wally Triplett’s Life Story To Be Made Into Film

The incredible story of legendary Penn State football player and alum Wally Triplett is coming to the big screen, according to TribLIVE and USA TODAY.

The film will be made courtesy of More Productions, a media agency partially owned by Penn State alum Mark Rodgers. Rodgers said he came up with the idea for the film at a Penn State football game in 2018 when Triplett’s death was announced to the stadium.

“[Rodgers] looked at a friend he was with and said, ‘I don’t know who Wally Triplett is. I’ve never heard of him,’” co-producer Mandi Hart said. “He looked up Wally’s story and began to read about who he was and was struck by the fact that Wally lived this amazing life and left this incredible legacy, and, yet, he’s virtually unknown.”

Penn State legends Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell have also invested in the development of the screenplay, which is being co-written by Hollywood screenwriter Camille Tucker.

No dates have been set in stone for the production of the film, but a crew could come to Happy Valley soon. Tucker said they plan to partially shoot on location at Penn State for purposes of “authenticity.” This should be an upgrade over HBO’s “Paterno,” which featured scenes that looked hilariously unlike State College.

Hart emphasized that this film will feature themes of allyship and social justice. Triplett was the first Black player to earn a varsity letter at Penn State and the first Black draftee to play in the NFL. He’s also notably the subject of the legend surrounding the university’s iconic “We Are” slogan.

Triplett was previously the subject of a 2016 ESPN 30 for 30 Short aptly titled “We Are.” The film recaps Penn State’s emergence from its NCAA sanctions and the creation of the We Are statue near Beaver Stadium.

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