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Future Shack, A Touch More adapting Meryl Wilsner’s Cleat Cute for TV 

Megan Rapinoe (left) and Sue Bird will produce Cleat Cute

Jeff Wachtel-led prodco Future Shack is partnering with A Touch More, the production company led by former US soccer player Megan Rapinoe and basketball player Sue Bird, to adapt Meryl Wilsner’s novel Cleat Cute.

The novel is a contemporary romance following a young soccer player as she juggles being the rookie player, her goals of making the national team, and a budding romance with her team captain.

The adaptation is being executive produced by A Touch More’s Bird, Rapinoe and head of development Camille Bernier-Green alongside Wilsner.

This marks the first time A Touch More has been involved with a scripted series since it officially launched in late 2022 with the goal of amplifying stories around identity, activism, and underrepresented communities.

Wachtel, the former president of USA Network, launched Future Shack in 2022. The LA-based prodco is currently in production in Australia on comedic crime procedural Good Cop/Bad Cop, which was co-commissioned by The CW and Roku in the US and Stan, and Canada/US crime drama Murder in a Small Town for Fox and Corus Entertainment.

“As women’s sports captivate audiences around the globe, we’re proud to partner with two of the most iconic athletes of our time, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, to bring Meryl Wilsner’s delightful world to life in a bold, sexy and fun ensemble show,” said Wachtel, who is the CEO at Future Shack.

Bird and Rapinoe added: “Having spent most of our lives on teams, we want to celebrate the ways in which relationships, both romantic and platonic, are organically created through sports.”

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