Will Ferrell is attached to star in ‘Walter Mitty’ scribe Steve Conrad’s “Match Maker” which deals with the legendary battle of the sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Based on Don Van Natta Jr.’s ESPN.com article, “The Match Maker” the story follows the high profile rivalry between the two tennis pros and their iconic 1973 tennis match watched by 90 million worldwide.
55-year-old 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 the offer to play Riggs in the nationally televised match. 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.
Ferrell, Adam McKay, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready and Jessica Elbaum will produce.
The project isn’t to be confused with a more serious Billie Jean King biopic being developed by “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle, writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson.