Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are reteaming on an untitled Nike sports drama based on the the shoe company’s pursuit of Michael Jordan in the mid-80s.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reteam for a Nike sports marketing drama about the fight to get Michael Jordan to join the brand. Affleck and Damon have been lifelong collaborators, having starred in a number of features together, and even won an Academy Award for their work as screenwriters for Good Will Hunting. The duo worked together as actors in School Ties, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and, most recently, in The Last Duel, which they both wrote along with Nicole Holofcener.
Both actors have had successful careers since their initial Oscar win, with Damon securing a foothold with The Bourne Identity and Ocean’s Eleven franchises, as well as with performance in notable efforts such as The Martian, The Departed, and Saving Private Ryan. Affleck has had his share of notable hits as well, including The Town, Gone Girl, and his directorial hit Argo, which won an Oscar for Best Picture. Both actors have taken a more immersive role in their careers over the years by writing and producing various projects, along with their joint efforts through their production company Pearl Street Films.
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Now, it appears that Affleck and Damon will be reteaming again, this time on a very different kind of project: A sports drama. Per THR, Affleck and Damon will write and produce the untitled sports film, which focuses on Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccarro, two Nike executives that pursued basketball legend Michael Jordan in the mid-80s in the hopes of getting him to partner with the brand, giving birth to Air Jordans and the longtime collaboration between the athlete and the company. Affleck will direct the film for Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports, marking his first time directing Damon in a feature film.
Affleck is also set to star in the movie as Nike co-founder Knight, while Damon will portray marketing exec Vaccaro. The film was apparently inspired by ESPN’s 2015 30 for 30 documentary titled Sole Man that centered on Vaccaro and Knight’s race to secure Jordan for Nike, which was considered a longshot. The partnership redefined athletic brand endorsements altogether, turning Nike into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Affleck and Damon are lifelong sports fans as well as friends, so a project of this type feels like a good fit for the duo. Both have starred in sports films before, with Damon leading Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance, and James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari. Affleck, meanwhile, starred in the basketball-themed drama The Way Back for director Gavin O’Connor in 2020. The promise of another Affleck and Damon collaboration is exciting, and it could be that the sports-minded flick will be one that nets them some fresh accolades. This movie is one to watch.
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