Is A Movie About Tom Brady And Super Bowl Li A Bad Idea?
A little more than a week after Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, there comes word that the New England Patriots quarterback is going to be the subject of a book and film. Sources claim that the ending of Super Bowl LI was so dramatic that two Hollywood writers are planning to turn it into a movie.
Hollywood Turning Tom Brady's Comeback Into A Movie
According to Deadline Hollywood, Oscar-nominated writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are going to team up for a movie that will focus on Tom Brady's role in the Patriots' improbable 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI over the Falcons. And there is a good chance everyone in Atlanta will boycott the movie.
The Washington Post reported that the writers also wrote "The Fighter" and will team up with Casey Sherman, a co-author of "The Finest Hours," for the project. They'll be joined by Boston journalist Dave Wedge, with whom Sherman wrote "Boston Strong." That book supplied material for the movie "Patriots Day," which was about the Boston Marathon bombing. Tamasy and Johnson were executive producers for that movie and contributed to the screenplay.
The writers have already cultivated several sources inside the Patriots locker room to provide a first-hand look at what went on behind the scenes in a Super Bowl that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The game also drew comparisons to other iconic moments in sports history such as Muhammad Ali's win over George Foreman in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle."
CBS Sports News reported that the premise of the movie will begin in January 2014 with Deflategate. The movie will chronicle Brady's "fall from grace" during the scandal, and the Patriots' eventual 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl LI.
Movie About Tom Brady And Super Bowl Li Is A Bad Idea
SB Nation reported that the best sports movies and TV shows are fictional because fans could be disappointed when the fake portrayal doesn't live up to real life. Imagine a world in which NFL fans rather watch Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg, or Casey Affleck try to throw a football like Tom Brady rather than watch Tom Brady throw it himself.
Athletes are public figures on whom people pin their hopes and dreams. Sure, fans watch interviews and read features, but from a distance, fans don't really ever know athletes as people. They only know what athletes allow them to see.
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