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The New England Patriots’ historic comeback in Super Bowl LI, led by Tom Brady, may be headed to the big screen.
A group of writers, headlined by the Oscar-nominated duo behind The Fighter, are developing a book and film on Brady, EW has confirmed.
Crafting the projects are four writers familiar with handling Boston stories. Penning the screenplay will be Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, writers of The Fighter, while handling the book will be authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, who co-authored Boston Strong, which was recently adapted into Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg.
“When we’re looking for stories, we’re looking for these universal themes of overcoming odds and people using moments of adversity to inspire,” Wedge told EW. “The game that we just saw a couple of weeks ago really encapsulates who that guy is. … It’s made for a movie.”
Down 28-3 late in the third quarter of this month’s Super Bowl, Brady, already a four-time champion, engineered the greatest comeback in the big game’s history. The 34-28 overtime win gave Brady the most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback.
Also to be addressed in the book and film, which will be written simultaneously, is the controversial Deflategate investigation that caused Brady to be suspended for the first four games of the season.
“Starting on the football field, then with the drama behind it, going to the courtroom, and ending how it did, stories like that ultimately write themselves,” added Sherman.
Deadline first reported the news.