Hollywood stars and longtime friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite for a sports marketing film that will tell the story of Nike, the shoe manufacturing company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Damon will play Sonny Vaccaro, the legendary sneaker salesman who memorably signed basketball great Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal in the early days of Nike.
Affleck will star as Nike co-founder Phil Knight in the story surrounding the company’s long-running effort to sign Jordan in the mid-’80s, an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time but would become the most significant relationship between a sports brand and an athlete and launched the global multi-billion dollar contemporary sneaker industry.
Affleck will also direct the as yet untitled film. His previous achievements include ‘Gone Baby Gone’, ‘The Town’, Oscar-winning ‘Argo’ and ‘Live By Night’.
Alex Convery wrote the original screenplay, titled “Air Jordan”, which was named to the 2021 blacklist of top unproduced screenplays. The film is produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures.
Mandalay took the script to Skydance Sports president Jon Weinbach, who then secured the lifetime rights to Vaccarro. Affleck and Damon are doing a new pass on the script and will produce it.
The draft marks the first instance where Affleck will direct Damon. The duo co-wrote and starred together in Gus Van Sant’s 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” which won them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
They recently shared screen space in Ridley Scott’s period drama “The Last Duel,” released last year.
[With Inputs From PTI]