Way back in 2010, we reported that James Mangold was circling a Joe Namath biopic with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star. Since then Mangold has directed Knight and Day and The Wolverine, and may be ready to circle back: Mangold is in early talks with Fox 2000 to direct a Namath biopic. According to THR, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas—who worked with Mangold on 3:10 to Yuma—would write the script. The report does not mention Gyllenhaal, so it’s very possible the actor has moved on.
Namath is one of the great characters in sports history, earning the nickname “Broadway Joe.” Namath famously guaranteed that his New York Jets would upset a dominant Baltimore Colts team in Super Bowl III and came through. I am interested to see what the Walk the Line director can do with Namath’s story, and hope the project comes to fruition this time around. Hit the jump for more on Namath.
This ESPN SportsCentury segment lends good context for the Super Bowl III guarantee: