May 24, 2022

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon To Star In Nike Drama For Amazon; Affleck Directing – Deadline


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are reteaming for a Nike drama that Affleck will direct for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures, Deadline can confirm.

The as-yet-untitled film will tell the true story of former Nike exec Sonny Vaccarro (Damon), ho was instrumental in securing the shoe company’s deal with NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan during the 1980s. Affleck will portray Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Alex Convery wrote the original screenplay, titled Air Jordan, which Mandalay brought to Skydance Sports President Jon Weinbach, who then secured Vaccarro’s life rights for the project. Affleck and Damon are doing a new pass on the script and will produce alongside Peter Guber and Jason Michael Berman’s Mandalay.

While Affleck has never before directed Damon, the pair famously co-wrote and starred together in Gus Van Sant’s 1997 film Good Will Hunting, which won them an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. They also recently reteamed for Ridley Scott’s film The Last Duel, starring there alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and more.

Regularly featuring on the Black List of the year’s best unproduced screenplay, Convery has been behind such notable screenplays as Bag Mag and Excelsior!

Affleck and Damon are represented by WME; Convery by UTA and Grandview.