Pen Densham gets on the court with ‘Bill’

Pen Densham has been set to direct “Big Bill,” a feature about the self-destructive tennis legend Bill Tilden.

According to Variety, Gil Dennis (“Walk the Line”) wrote the script, based on the Frank Deford book “Big Bill: The Triumphs and the Tragedy.”

Baldwin Entertainment and GlennIris Entertainment have put together the funding to make the picture.

Densham hasn’t directed a feature since 1996’s “Moll Flanders,” though he directed the 1998 telepic “Houdini” for TNT. He has busied himself writing and producing such projects as the series revivals of “The Outer Limits” and “The Twilight Zone” for his Trilogy Entertainment Group.

In the 1920s, Tilden won six straight U.S. Open singles titles, a feat that Roger Federer will try to surpass this month. Tilden was the first American to win Wimbledon, and he led the U.S. Davis Cup team to six straight titles. Tilden’s accomplishments, including stints as a novelist, playwright and contract bridge champion, were ruined by his imprisonment twice for sexual misbehavior with teenage boys. He died broke.

Karen and Howard Baldwin (“Ray”) are producing with GlennIris Entertainment principals Charles O. Glenn and Barbara Cocks, and Oren Stevens. Also aboard as producers will be Thomas A. Cohen and Densham’s Trilogy partner John Watson. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.