If nothing else, filmmaker J.C. Chandor is crafting himself one heck of a varied and compelled resume. The All Is Lost and Margin Call director has already made two extremely different films – the very physical and solitary Lost with a cast of one (Robert Redford, but still) and the very talky and crammed Margin Call (filled with an eye-popping cast of talent, old and new) – and now it seems like he may be adding yet another standout feature to his slate.
Deadline reports that Chandor has been tapped to script a feature film about Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, with the potential for him to also direct the film. The beloved Lombardi’s life and career should make for a solid film – he led his team to five NFL championships and their first two Super Bowl titles despite being a bit of an underdog for much of his career. (The Packers, of course, were also big, big underdogs for a long spell.)
Of course, it’s not the only Lombardi picture in the pipeline, as Eric Roth has already written his own script for a Vince-centric film, with Robert De Niro attached to star and help produce. The film’s script was adapted from the memoir “Instant Replay,” a book by former Packers players Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap. Deadline reports that that film was supposed to be done by now and that De Niro may have abandoned the acting side of his involvement – oops! – so perhaps Chandor will still be able to overtake it.
Legendary does have a leg up on some other matters, as well – they have a rights package for the feature that includes “a deal with the Lombardi estate, as well as the Broadway play written by Eric Simonson that starred Dan Lauria and Judith Light. That play was based on the David Marannis book When Pride Still Mattered, and that is also part of the package.”
Chandor has reportedly started writing the film, though it will not be his next, as he is also currently putting together the cast for his A Most Violent Year, which is set to start filming next year.
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