James Mangold In Talks To Direct Biopic About Football Star Joe Namath

By May 29, 2014

Looks like The Wolverine helmer James Mangold will be returning to the world of biopics. The director is in talks to take on the task of bringing the story of legendary football star Joe Namath to the big screen for Fox 2000. Mangold’s last biopic, Walk the Line, was a critical and commercial hit, so it seems to me that his biopic cred combined with his superhero experience might make for the perfect combo when telling the story of “Broadway Joe.”

The project would also see Mangold re-teaming with his 3:10 to Yuma screenwriters, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who have mostly been concentrating on their TV efforts in recent years.


Namath is one of the most beloved sports figures of all time, so a biopic based on his life seems long overdue. Add to that his incredibly colorful persona off the field and it seems like even more of a no-brainer. A notorious partier and ladies man, Namath also had a relatively successful career as an actor after retiring from football in 1977. Today, the 70-year-old quarterback is all but retired and living a quiet life in Florida.

Five years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was set to star as Namath, but that version of the film never got off the ground. No word yet on who will play Broadway Joe, but if his schedule accommodates it, I think Gyllenhaal would still be perfect. In addition to the Namath project, Mangold is also on board to direct the sequel to The Wolverine, which is expected to be released in 2017.

What are your thoughts on a Joe Namath biopic? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.