Electronic Arts is developing “Madden Curse,” a sports comedy feature that explores an infamous jinx that seems to strike NFL players who appear on the cover of EA’s popular “Madden” video game series with career shortening injuries shortly after reports The Wrap.
The story will follow a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game’s cover — and subject to the curse.
NFL legend John Madden appeared on the cover of all Madden games until 1999. Since then annual cover boys have included 1999’s Garrison Hearst (who then broke his fibula), 2000’s Dorsey Levens (knee injury), 2001’s Eddie George (general decline), 2002’s Dante Culpepper (knee injury), 2003’s Marshall Faulk (ankle injury), 2004’s Michael Vick (broken leg), 2005’s Ray Lewis (torn hamstring), 2006’s Donovan McNabb (sports hernia), 2007’s Shaun Alexander (broken foot), and 2008’s Vince Young (quads & knee injury).
2009’s Brett Favre so far seems to have survive unscathed, while this year’s dual cover stars Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald suffered a torn PCL and a rib injury respectively. Pat O’Brien will produce the feature.