The Junction Boys to premiere Dec. 14|
ESPN will produce its second original, made-for-television movie, "The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged A Championship Team," an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production based on the best-selling book by Jim Dent. The movie will premiere on ESPN Saturday, December 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The "Junction Boys" is the true story of 35 boys who survived Paul "Bear" Bryant's harrowing Texas A&M pre-season college football training camp in desolate, drought-ridden Junction, Texas in the mid-1950s.
The movie will be executive produced by prominent film and television producer, Orly Adelson of Orly Adelson Productions ("The Truth About Jane," "Love, Honor and Betray") and written and directed by veteran writer/director Michael Robe, whose credits include, "The Burden of Proof" and "Return to Lonesome Dove". John Williams of Vanguard Films, producers of such films as "Shrek," "The Thin Red Line" and "Seven Days in Tibet," and James Dalthorpe brought Dent's book to ESPN and will also serve as producers.
After eight consecutive winning seasons as head coach at the University of Kentucky and before he led Alabama to six national championships, Paul "Bear" Bryant was head coach at Texas A&M, beginning in 1954. That summer, more than 100 Aggie hopefuls arrived in the small Texas town of Junction for the first practice of a now infamous training camp. The players were subjected to 120-degree temperatures, and given no food or water for eight hours a day, for 10 consecutive days. Those 35 players who survived, which included Gene Stallings and Jack Pardee, made up the 1954 team that won only one game, but formed the nucleus of a team that went undefeated just two years later in becoming champions of the Southwest Conference.