Ebert tweets the big news himself.
“Whoa! My memoir has been optioned for a doc by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Steven Zaillian, with Martin Scorsese as exec producer.”
In 1994, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel placed Steve James documentary Hoop Dreams at #1 on both their Top 10 Lists. In 2009 Roger Ebert wrote:
Today, fifteen years after I first saw it, I believe “Hoop Dreams” is the great American documentary. No other documentary has ever touched me more deeply.
So what happened to Hoop Dreams at the Oscars that year? Maybe you know. I hadn’t heard this story before today.
Gene and I saw the film early. We were approached by a friend of ours, the Chicago publicist John Iltis, who didn’t ask us to see a screening, he told us this was a film we had to see. We believed him. We were the only people at the first screening outside Kartemquin. Iltis rented the original auditorium of the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute — which has become, fittingly, the new Siskel Center. When the movie was over we remained in our seats for a minute or two before speaking. Neither one of us had ever seen anything like it.