Big Bill

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Release Date: to be announced

Production Companies:
Baldwin Entertainment Group, GlennIris Entertainment

Status: In Development

Director: Pen Densham

Screenwriter: Gil Dennis
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Bio, Sports
About the film:
The film details the life of tennis legend Bill Tilden, who dominated the sport in the 1920s, winning six straight U.S. Open singles titles and becoming the first American to win Wimbledon. He was also a contract bridge champ, musicologist, novelist, playwright and actor.
Being famously self-destructive, he died penniless.

Project Timeline:
Oct. 6, 2008: Project announced.
Aug. 12, 2009: Director: Pen Densham, Writer: Gil Dennis

Related links:
  • Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition, No. 2) - The Novel


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    Ian Rivlin
    December 15, 2008 - 17:04
    Subject: Big Bill movie

    About time! - There should have been many films about Big Bill, so this movie is both timely and well received. My compliments to the director. I hope there is substantial footage of Big Bill playing tennis. It would be a shame if the film simply concentrated on the negative aspects of Tilden's life. Remember, he was the greatest tennis player ever. If Tilden were resurrected and given the equipment and training of a modern athlete, he'd probably destroy Roger Federer (or any other player) on any tennis court surface. We should be able to see as much of his playing as is reasonably possible - to understand the differences between old and new court craft. I can't wait for the film to be released.