Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite on an untitled Nike sports drama based on the shoe company’s pursuit of Michael Jordan in the mid-’80s.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will retool for a Nike sports marketing drama about the struggle to get Michael Jordan to join the brand. Affleck and Damon are longtime collaborators, having starred in a number of feature films together and even won an Oscar for their work as screenwriters for Goodwill hunting. The duo worked together as actors in School Ties, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and more recently in The last duelwhich they both wrote with Nicole Holofcener.
Both actors have had successful careers since their first Oscar win, with Damon gaining a foothold with The Bourne Identity and Ocean’s Eleven franchises, as well as performances in notable endeavors such as The Martian, the Deceasedand Saving Private Ryan. Affleck has also had his share of notable successes, including The city, missing girl, and his directorial success Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. Both actors have taken on a more immersive role in their careers over the years writing and producing various projects, as well as their joint efforts through their production company Pearl Street Films.
Now, it looks like Affleck and Damon will be teaming up again, this time on a very different kind of project: a sports drama. By THR, Affleck and Damon will write and executive produce the untitled sports film, which centers on Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccarro, two Nike execs who pursued basketball legend Michael Jordan in the mid-’80s in hopes of making it happen. partner with the brand, giving birth to Air Jordans and the long-standing collaboration between athlete and company. Affleck will direct the film for Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports, marking his first directing of Damon in a feature film.
Affleck is also set to star in the film as the co-founder of Nike Knight, while Damon will play chief marketing officer Vaccaro. The film was apparently inspired by ESPN 2015 30 for 30 documentary titled Lonely man which centered on Vaccaro and Knight’s race to secure Jordan for Nike, which was considered a long shot. The partnership completely redefined athletic brand endorsements, transforming Nike into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Affleck and Damon have been lifelong sports fans as well as friends, so a project like this seems to suit the duo. Both have starred in sports movies before, with Damon leading Clint Eastwood Invictusby Robert Redford The Legend of Bagger Vanceand James Mangold Ford versus Ferrari. Affleck, meanwhile, starred in the basketball-themed drama The way back for director Gavin O’Connor in 2020. The promise of another Affleck and Damon collaboration is exciting, and it could be that the sports film is one that earns them further accolades. This film is to be seen.
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