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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have their next project together lined up as they will star, co-write and produce a true story drama about how the multi-billion partnership between NBA legend Michael Jordan and Nike was born, with Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports co -producing.

Affleck, who will also direct the film, will play Nike co-founder Phil Knight while Damon will play the shoe company’s marketing chief Sonny Vacarro, who oversaw the deal with Jordan. Introduced in 1984 during Jordan’s rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers became arguably the most iconic sneaker brand ever made and paved the way for the contemporary sneaker industry with athlete endorsements.

The film will not have Jordan himself make an appearance, instead showing Vacarro’s efforts to make the deal happen through long talks with his family and entourage, most notably his dynamic mother DeLoris, who was a major advocate to Jordan throughout his career.

The project will be the first from Skydance’s new sports division helmed by president Jon Weinbach, who was a producer of the hit “30 for 30” Chicago Bulls docuseries “The Last Dance” and co-directed the ESPN doc “Sole Man” about Vacarro’s life and career. Mandalay Pictures, which is run by “Last Dance” producer Peter Guber, will also produce the film.

Damon and Affleck last appeared onscreen together in Ridley Scott’s medieval drama “The Last Duel,” continuing a relationship dating back to their initial Oscar-winning collaboration “Good Will Hunting.” This project will be the first they’ve worked on together with Affleck directing. They will co-write from a script written by Alex Convery named to last year’s BlackList, which highlights the best unproduced screenplays.

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Damon and Affleck are repped by WME. The project was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.


Reference-www.thewrap.com

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