MOVIE NEWS – American comedian Will Ferrell, no stranger to the world of sports films, will soon step into the shoes of John Madden, the iconic figure of the NFL, in a new film project.
John Madden, a legend of American football (NFL), will soon be portrayed on the big screen by none other than beloved actor Will Ferrell. The film, simply titled “Madden,” is set to be directed by David O. Russell with the backing of Amazon/MGM, according to Deadline.
The movie is based on a Black List script and is expected to focus on Madden’s life after his coaching career. Madden, already a big name as a coach, became an even more iconic figure when he joined the ranks of broadcasters, including an eight-year stint with FOX. Another highlight of Madden’s career following his coaching stint with the Raiders was his collaboration with EA Sports, becoming the face of the “Madden NFL” series.
Among the film’s producers are Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants, and three other individuals from Escape Artists. With Tisch’s involvement, the NFL is expected to “embrace” the film, Deadline reported.
The release date of the movie is yet to be announced. The production of many films and television shows has been delayed due to the ongoing writers’ strike.
In recent years, several other projects have focused on telling Madden’s life story. In December 2021, FOX released a documentary titled “All Madden” that chronicled Madden’s football journey from his brief stint playing in the NFL to his final season as a broadcaster in 2008. Additionally, in February, Tom Brady and his production company, 199 Productions, announced they were creating a biopic series on Madden and were collaborating with other production companies and Madden’s family to create the show.
Will Ferrell, 55, has appeared in a fair share of sports movies over the years, starring in “Talladega Nights,” “Blades of Glory,” and “Semi-Pro,” among other films. Thus, appearing in a sports role on screen is not unfamiliar territory for him. The role of Madden provides yet another opportunity for him to showcase his comedic talent and potential in sports films.