“Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle, writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson are teaming again for a biopic about tennis superstar Billie Jean King says Page Six.
The story is said to focus on King’s famous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ against a then 55-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ Riggs in 1973. Riggs claimed female tennis was inferior and challenged King to a match.
She declined, but women’s tennis top player Margaret Court accepted. Riggs beat her 6-2 6-1 thanks to his tricky use of drop shots and lobs, he then went on to taunt all female tennis players.
This prompted King to accept a lucrative financial offer to play Riggs in a nationally televised match that the promoters dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes” with 90 million worldwide audience tuning in.
Having learned from Court’s loss, King was prepared for Riggs’ game and easily beat him 6-4 6-3 6-3. Some have claimed Riggs’ loss was on purpose as a way to pay off gambling debts, a claim that was quickly denied.
Boyle and Beaufoy were spotted at a London premiere of a King documentary last year. An insider for the paper says that the pair then met with King, and they are all meeting again in New York to work on the script before King heads out to the Olympics closing ceremonies.