ESPN Films still is developing a movie based on the story of Captain Louis Mulkey, one of nine Charleston firefighters killed in the Sofa Super Store fire.

Mulkey also was a coach at Summerville High School and provided the inspiration for the boys basketball team that won the 2008 Class AAAA state championship.

One of the main forces behind the development of the movie said he is happy with the progress of the project. Mike Tollin, who will direct the movie, said the script is continuing to be refined and improved.

"We're in the middle of another rewrite, and we hope this one takes us to the finish line," he said. "We hope to be in production by the end of the year."

Tollin, whose career highlights include "Radio" and "Coach Carter" said there is no one more eager than him to start filming.

"I don't want to say how many rewrites we've had because it's been more like a continuing process," Tollin said. "It's been a collaboration. There are intricacies involved and it's moving forward. You always hope for a more accelerated pace, but we've had no roadblocks, no hiccups."