Universal Pictures is planning a biopic of 60’s American gridiron legend Joe Namath with Jake Gyllenhaal to play the Hall of Fame quarterback reports Variety.
Namath was the first football player to achieve real rock-star status. The Pennsylvania kid scored a record salary and became a sensation on the field, in nightclubs and on Madison Avenue as the first star to become a magnet for commercials.
His success was a key factor in paving the way to a merger between the then two football leagues and helped establish football as a TV sport.
David Hollander will write the script once the writers strike is over. Gyllenhall, currently filming Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers,” is next committed to an untitled Doug Liman sci-fi thriller.