Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will tell the story of Nike founder Sonny Vaccaro in a movie

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will tell the story of Nike founder Sonny Vaccaro in a movie

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are joining forces again to tell the true story of Nike founder Sonny Vaccaro in a film directed by Affleck.

ben affleck Y Matt Damonfriends in life and on the set, they work together again to tell the true story of the former executive of the Nike Sonny Vaccaro in a feature film produced by Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports.

Oscars 2017: Matt Damon with Ben Affleck on stage

Oscars 2017: Matt Damon with Ben Affleck on stage

Ben Affleck will direct, write and co-star in the untitled sports drama, while Matt Damon will star, write and produce. Mandalay Pictures, the company headed by Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman, will also produce the project.

Matt Damon will play Sonny Vaccaro, while Ben Affleck will play the role of Nike co-founder Phil Knight. At the center of the story will be the sportswear company’s efforts to hire basketball superstar Michael Jordan as a testimonial, a feat impossible at the time, but accomplished thanks to the unconventional athletic shoe salesman. The agreement was a springboard for the sports brand, also helping the sport.

At the center of the plot will be Sonny Vaccaro’s relentless quest to hire Jordan at what was then the third-largest shoe company, a journey that led him to contact the champion’s parents, in particular his powerful and dynamic mother, but also former coaches, consultants and friends. Jordan will be a mythical figure that hangs over the film, who will never be seen, although Vaccaro will try to reach her by accessing his relatives.

Behind the film is the 2015 ESPN documentary, only man, centered on the figure of Sonny Vaccaro. Skydance Sports President Jon Weinbach, one of the producers of the Michael Jordan series The Last Dance, was instrumental in securing Vaccaro’s life rights.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon breakdancing on the Boston subway wearing “Puma nylon tracksuits”

Affleck and Damon are now rewriting the script for the project, which will be the first major film in David Ellison’s new Skydance Sports division. Skydance already has a link to the sports world through its investor, RedBird Capital.

The project will mark the first time Ben Affleck will direct a movie starring his old friend Matt Damon. The two won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Will Hunting – Rebel Genius. The pair also reunited last year for The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott, with Damon returning as the lead and Affleck in a supporting role.