Longtime friends and Hollywood stars, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up again for a sports film that will narrate the story of Nike, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Damon will play Sonny Vaccaro, the legendary sneaker salesman who signed basketball great Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal in the early days of Nike. Affleck will star as Nike-co founder Phil Knight in the story about the company’s long shot effort to sign Jordan in the mid-’80s. The endorsement seemed impossible at the time, but it would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete. It would also launch the global, multi-billion-dollar contemporary sneaker industry.
The film’s title is yet to be announced, but we do know that Affleck will direct. He previously directed Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Best Picture winner Argo, and Live by Night. Alex Convey wrote the original script, which was titled ‘Air Jordan, and was named to the 2021 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays. The movie is being produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, and Mandalay Pictures.
Earlier, Mandalay brought the script to Skydance Sports’ Jon Weinbach, who then secured Vaccaro’s life rights. The project marks the first instance where Affleck will direct Damon. Previously, the duo co-wrote and starred together in Gus Van Sant’s 1997 film Good Will Hunting, which won them an Academy Award for best original screenplay.
They also shared screen space in Ridley Scott‘s period drama The Duel, which was released last year. As for Matt Damon’s other upcoming movies, he’s scheduled to appear in a cameo in Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder. He’s also scheduled to appear in Oppenheimer, a film about the Pulitzer prize-winning book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Ben Affleck, on the other hand, is set to appear in The Flash.