Development on a film based on the life and career of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is underway, particularly based upon the Deflategate controversy of the 2016-2017 season and the Patriots’ unlikely twenty-five point comeback to win Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons in February 2017.
One of the most accomplished athletes of all-time, five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady turns 40 years old today, which even given the quarterback’s remarkable durability throughout his playing career signals that he’s entering into the twilight of his time in the NFL. Taken in the sixth round of the draft in 1999, Brady worked his way up to the starting job for head coach Bill Belichick and has achieved a level of dominance throughout his career that makes it hard to see where the adversity would come in during a film about his life. Luckily for Hollywood, last season provided such an opportunity, as Brady worked back from a four game suspension at the beginning of the year based upon allegations of cheating to take his team to yet another Super Bowl.
According to Deadline, the Brady film will be adapted from 12, a yet-to-be-published book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the turmoil-filled 2016-2017 season. The book will be released in 2018, and The Maze Runner producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein is working on the adaptation from screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. There is no word on a director, actors, or a potential release date for the film, or if the film will wait to release after Brady retires or right in the midst of his career.
Tamasy and Johnson are well-versed in penning films about the New England area, as they wrote the boxing drama about local legend Mickey Ward, The Fighter, the inspiring boat rescue period piece drama The Finest Hours (adapted from another of Sherman’s work), and powerful Boston Marathon thriller Patriot’s Day. They clearly seem to be the ideal tandem to write a story for a film about one of, if not the most important piece of New England sports history.
Given these writers’ past track record, it’ll be hard to expect a nuanced and balanced portrayal of Brady and the Patriots. While their greatness over the past decade cannot be denied, these wins have been mired in controversy and various scandals over the year. It’ll be impressive if the film touches on these elements in any way. Expect the film to be devoured by the Massachusetts public, but approached with skepticism by the rest of the NFL community and fan base. Brady and the Patriots are football’s equivalent to the Empire from Star Wars; beloved by those within it, but despised widespread throughout the rest of the country for their dominance.
We’ll keep you updated on 12 as more information becomes available.
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