Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reunited for Nike’s Sonny Vaccaro Movie
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon join forces once again.
The Oscar-winning duo are developing a film about former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro. According to Hollywood journalist, the project will tell the real-life story of the sneaker brand’s quest to secure a partnership with Michael Jordan. Although the NBA legend never appears in the 1980s film, it will follow Vaccaro as he connects with Jordan’s mother, former coaches, friends and advisers, before finally landing one of the largest sponsorship deals in sports history.
Affleck and Damon will co-write and co-produce the untitled film for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures. Damon will star as Vaccaro, while Affleck will direct the film, along with Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
The film is based on the original screenplay by Alex Convery, titled air jordan. THR reports that Mandalay Pictures, led by Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman, handed the script to Skydance Sports’ Jon Weinbach, who also co-produced the award-winning docuseries. the last dance. After receiving the script, Weinbach helped the team secure the rights to Vaccaro’s life. Affleck and Damon are now revising the script.
No other casting information has been released, and it’s still unclear when the film is expected to be released.
Damon and Affleck have already won Oscars for writing the 1997 film Goodwill hunting, in which they both starred. The two recently reconnected in 2021 The last duel, directed by Ridley Scott. Damon and Affleck co-produced and starred in the project alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Harriet Walter. The duo also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Nicole Holofcener.