A feature film is in the works about the life of iconic NFL quarterback Joe Namath. The Fox 2000 biopic will likely be directed by James Mangold, who directed the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biography, Walk the Line. Currently in talks with Fox, Mangold could re-team with screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who co-wrote the screenplay to the Mangold film 3:10 to Yuma.
Namath, who played 13 seasons from 1965 to 1977, famously led the New York Jets to victory in Super Bowl III after boldly predicting the outcome. But the NFL Hall-of-Famer’s success as an athlete isn’t his only claim to fame. He has also acted in movies and television and served as a commentator on ABC’s Monday Night Football. Because of his colorful persona and love of New York City nightlife, Namath was nicknamed “Broadway Joe” by the media.
Over the years, the divorced father of two has made headlines for shocking behavior, such as an incident during live coverage of a Jets game in 2003, when an intoxicated Namath told ESPN interviewer Suzy Kolber: “I want to kiss you. I couldn’t care less about the team struggling.” Soon after, he checked himself into rehab.
This isn’t the first time Namath’s life has attracted the attention of film producers. A few years ago, Universal planned a biopic starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Namath.