Childhood best friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite again for drama about Nike’s pursuit to sign Michael Jordan.
The co-writers and stars of The Good Will Hunting and The Last Duel have found their next collaborative project, which Affleck will direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The untitled film will tell the story of sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro, who will be played by Damon, and his relentless pursuit to sign the legendary basketball star to the then fledgling brand in the mid-1980s. of Jordan to partner with the footwear brand seemed impossible at the time, but would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and a player in the multi-billion dollar global sneaker industry.
The project will introduce audiences to Jordan’s parents, especially his powerful and dynamic mother, as well as former coaches, advisors, friends and people around him. It is unknown if Jordan will be a character in the film.
In addition to directing, Affleck will also appear in the film as Nike co-founder and billionaire Phil Knight. He and Damon are also reworking Alex Convery’s original script and serving as producers.
Affleck and Damon won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Hunting. They recently reunited to co-write Ridley Scott’s 2021 film The Last Duel with Nicole Holofcener. The medieval epic starred Damon and Affleck in a supporting role.
The project marks Affleck’s first time directing a feature film starring his longtime friend.