Hot on the heels of critical darlingÂ All Is Lost, J.C. Chandor has been tapped to write with an eye to direct a film about NFL legend Vince Lombardi. The film would come from Legendary Pictures, which just had a big sports biopic hit withÂ 42. One interesting note, though, is that it would stand in fairly direct competition withÂ another Lombardi pic that’s in-development over at TriBeCa Productions- with the head of that studio, Robert De Niro, or John Travolta being eyed to star in it. While the status of the TriBeCa production is up in the air, Legendary looks to hit the ground running.
Chandor has all ready begun writing the film, and has the support of the Lombardi estate, as well as a rights package that includes the book When Pride Still Mattered– which is also being adapted into a Broadway play. Legendary principal, Thomas Tull, is a huge football fan and is even part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, so this film has plenty of momentum behind it. They think the underdog story ofa man that rose from being completely overlooked as a legitimate coach took a team that no one believed in- and was almost folded- and turned them into perennial championship winners will really connect with audiences.
However, if Legendary does intend for Chandor to direct, they’ll have to wait until he completesÂ A Most Violent Year, starring Jessica Chastain which is set to start filming in the next few months.