Will Ferrell in Talks to Play NFL Legend in Upcoming Football Movie

Will Ferrell in Talks to Play NFL Legend in Upcoming Football Movie

Will Ferrell may very well be taking part in an NFL icon in his subsequent film. According to Deadline, the Outdated Faculty star is in talks to star as John Madden within the upcoming movie Madden. David O. Russell is slated to direct the film for Amazon/MGM, and the venture relies on a Black Listing script by Cambron Clark. Deadline says Russell was doing a rewrite when the author’s strike started.

Madden will inform the story of the legendary NFL coach and broadcaster. Deadline says the film will focus “on his friendship with Oakland Raiders proprietor Al Davis, and the way Madden discovered a second act that made him way more well-known. He continued his ardour for instructing X’s and O’s in several methods. He redefined the notion of the soccer broadcaster with an outsized character that led to an enormous endorsement profession for Lite Beer from Miller, Tinactin and different merchandise.” Madden is produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Johnathan Shaukat, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch who’s the proprietor of the New York Giants. 

Madden was the top coach of the Oakland Raiders and led the group to a Tremendous Bowl win in the course of the 1976 season. As soon as he left teaching following the 1978 season, Madden received into broadcasting and labored for CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC whereas successful 16 Emmy Awards. In 1988, Madden lent his identify, voice and enter to the John Madden Soccer sequence of video video games (later referred to as Madden NFL), and the franchise remains to be happening robust in the present day. Madden died on Dec. 28, 2021, on the age of 85. 

“On behalf of all the NFL household, we lengthen our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their households,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in an announcement on the time. “Everyone knows him because the Corridor of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who labored for each main community, however greater than something, he was a loyal husband, father and grandfather. No person cherished soccer greater than Coach. He was soccer. He was an unbelievable sounding board to me and so many others. There’ll by no means be one other John Madden, and we’ll endlessly be indebted to him for all he did to make soccer and the NFL what it’s in the present day.”  

Ferrell, 55, was most just lately seen in two large Apple TV+ tasks — The Shrink Subsequent Door and Spirited. This yr, Ferrell is slated to look in two films — Strays and Barbie.