Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to re-team for a drama feature revolving around iconic sportswear giant Nike that has been set up at Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures.
Both will star and Affleck will direct the film which is currently untitled and set in the mid-1980s. Damon will play Sonny Vaccaro, a maverick sneaker salesman who led a fledgling running shoe company called Nike in a longshot effort to sign on the most transformative athlete in the history of sports to endorse their product: Michael Jordan.
Affleck will portray Nike co-founder Phil Knight in the story which follows how the endorsement, seemingly impossible at the time, would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete and launched the global, multi-billion-dollar contemporary sneaker industry.
Jordan himself is a mythic figure hovering above the movie and never seen. In the film, Sonny tries to reach him by gaining access to those close to him and around him.
Alex Convery wrote the original script which was originally titled “Air Jordan” and made the 2021 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.
Affleck and Damon are doing a new pass on the script and will produce.