Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s names are arguably synonymous with the movies of the last few decades, as the duo have collaborated both on and off screen on several occasions. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the duo would reunite again and bring a unique true story to life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair are working on a currently untitled sports marketing drama, which will center on the true story of former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro. The feature will come from Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports, in a deal that is currently being finalized.
Affleck is set to direct, write, produce, and co-star in the film, while Damon is set to star, write, and produce. Their film would follow Vaccaro (played by Damon) and Nike co-founder Phil Knight (played by Affleck), in their long-running efforts to sign rising superstar basketball player Michael Jordan to his shoe company in the mid-1980s. he story will focus on Vaccarro’s relentless quest to sign Jordan to what was then the third shoe company, a journey that took him to Jordan’s parents, and in particular his powerful and dynamic mother, as well as to d former coaches, advisers and friends. . According to the report, Jordan will be referenced in the film, but not seen on screen.
The project will be inspired by the documentary 30 for 30 Sole Man, which told the story of Vaccaro. An early incarnation of the script, then titled Air Jordan, was written by Blacklist alumnus Alex Convery. Affleck and Damon are said to be reworking the script now.
This will be Affleck’s last directorial effort since 2016’s Live by Night, and the last example of him acting in more independent projects following his departure from Batman in the DC Films universe.
“TV means something different. And once it happened with The last duel, I thought, “Well, that’s probably the last theatrical release I’ll have,” Affleck explained in an interview late last year. “Because I don’t want to make IP movies, where you have this kind of built-in viewers. It’s something that I was interested in and loved, and don’t love anymore. I love other who do it. And if you’re going to do it, you should like it. And I like something different. So, I want to do this. Really, what’s important to me is that people see it I mean, it’s in a limited theatrical release, and it’s great. I know 90% of people are going to see it on Amazon, and I want them to see it. I want them to see it. movie. It’s more important to me.”
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