Vince Lombardi

The National Football League is known for a slew of iconic names, but only one has his name on the championship trophy. When a team wins the Super Bowl, they received the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary and innovative coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959-1967, a run during which they won both the first and second Super Bowls.

Now, writer/director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to write and potentially direct a film based on the most celebrated coach in NFL history. Read More »

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Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo, one of the most celebrated racing franchises in video game history, is coming to the big screen. This we’ve known this for a while as Social Network/50 Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed onto the Sony franchise over the summer. The move makes sense, based both on the success of the Fast and Furious films and another popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, also heading into theaters.

Now, the next step in the film’s construction has taken place. Alex Tse, who adapted Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film and is rewriting Highlander, has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which is based on a real life competition that allows video game users to eventually build and race their own cars, just like in the game. Read More »

TDKR Nascar

NASCAR is one of the biggest sports in the country that some of us know very little about. Hollywood is hoping to change that in the years ahead as Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment have just bought Spitfire, a pitch by Grant Thompson. The film, which will be executive produced by NASCAR, will tell the true story of the sport’s origins. Here’s the interesting part about that. NASCAR was born when a group of female drivers formed a professional racing league. Read More »

Isaiah Washington

The National Football League is never without some controversy but lately the topic that is really important is the issue of player safety. Specifically with respect to the lasting effects of concussions. In recent years, rules have been changed to take even the smallest head injury into major consideration, but that’s only recent years. What about the decades before where players would smash against each other, leaving their heads all messed up? Past actions lead to a massive class-action lawsuit against the NFL and eventually an almost $800 million settlement from the league.

So this is a very big issue. Director Ridley Scott is developing a film about the topic and now a second film is in the mix. Isaiah Washington plans to star and produce Game Time Decision, an independent film by Matthew A. Cherry, himself a former NFL player. Read More »

Space Jam

ESPN’s 30 for 30 has chronicled many of the biggest events in sports history, but that just makes it weirder that they’ve so far neglected to examine one of the most iconic moments of the ’90s: the epic game between the Monstars and the Tune Squad, as famously depicted in the 1996 film Space Jam. Sure, Sugar Ray Leonard and Nancy Kerrigan are pretty interesting people, but are either of them a 12-foot monster capable of breathing fire? Didn’t think so.

Fortunately, the documentary series has finally gotten around to righting that wrong. In a new short called 30 for 30: The Space Jam Game, commentators, historians, and even one of the players recall that fateful match. Check it out after the jump.

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concussion

Ridley Scott had one of his greatest successes with a film about ancient gladiatorial combat, and now he wants to make a movie about one modern version of the combative tradition. Scott is looking for a writer to tackle a drama about football players, and specifically the effects that concussions have on players, and how that all works with the team and league execs who reap the biggest benefits from successful players. Read More »

Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch

There aren’t many situations in which Jake Gyllenhaal would seem like an appropriate replacement for Eminem, but Antoine Fuqua‘s Southpaw could turn out to be one of them. Gyllenhaal has entered talks to take the lead in the boxing drama, which had Eminem attached a few years back. Hit the jump for more on the movie’s plot and history.

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Daniel Radcliffe

The Woman in Black director James Watkins and star Daniel Radcliffe are gearing up for a reunion, but it won’t be for a horror sequel. Radcliffe has just signed on for Gold, about the rivalry between British runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Olympics. Basically, it’s a bit like Rush, only with feet instead of wheels. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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