- Longtime friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to make another movie together.
- The film is about Nike’s efforts to sign Michael Jordan to a sneaker contract.
- The pair will co-write the script with Affleck set to direct the project.
According to reports, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will co-star as Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccarro in a film about Nike’s efforts to sign Michael Jordan to a shoe contract. Damon and Affleck will co-write the script, with Affleck — Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo — set to direct the feature.
Damon will be playing former Nike executive Sonny Vaccarro while Affleck will portray Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The duo has previously written Good Will Hunting and The Last Duel together, winning an Academy Award for their work on the former film.
The project, which will be an Amazon Studios film, does not have an official title or release date at this time.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to co-write and co-star in a film about Nike signing Michael Jordan
The story will focus on Vaccarro’s relentless quest to sign Jordan to what was then the third place shoe company, a journey that took him to Jordan’s parents, and in particular his powerful, dynamic mother, as well as to former coaches, advisors, and friends. Jordan will be a mythic figure hovering above the movie and never seen, even as Vaccarro tries to reach him by gaining access to those close to him and around him. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
After not working together professionally for over two decades, the longtime friends most recently starred together in Ridley Scott’s 2021 film The Last Duel alongside Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. While the unnamed project will mark Affleck’s fifth directorial effort — the 49-year-old’s 2012 film Argo won the Academy Award for Best Picture — it will be the first time he directs Damon in a film.