Michael Jordan 1985
Image Credit: Nike
Michael Jordan 1985
Image Credit: Nike
Michael Jordan 1985
Image Credit: Nike

Ben Affleck to Play Phil Knight and Direct New Sports Drama About Nike Signing Michael Jordan

News have emerged of a new sports drama starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that traces the story of Sonny Vaccarro, the man largely responsible for signing Michael Jordan to Nike. Damon is set to play Vaccarro, while Affleck will portray Nike founder Phil Knight and also write and direct the program.

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, this currently untitled program is being made possible by a deal between Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports, who are finalising their agreement. Mandalay Pictures will also be involved with production. Skydance Sports president Jon Weinbach and Mandalay Pictures chairman Peter Guber previously were involved with production of The Last Dance. Affleck will take on writing, directing, starring, and production duties.

The show will reportedly be based on the true story of how Vaccarro, a salesman for Nike in the 1980s, helped convince MJ to sign with the Swoosh. It’s well documented that the GOAT almost went with a different brand, but this dramatisation will hopefully set the story straight.

Affleck and Damon have worked together in a deeper capacity multiple times before; some of their earliest success dates back to co-writing and winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Let’s see if their talent extends to the sports show arena.,

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