Pass the popcorn (and the football), because legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi is going to the movies! Eric Simonson’s 2010 drama Lombardi will receive a big-screen adaptation, written and possibly helmed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost), Deadline reports. No casting, shooting or release dates have been announced.
Based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss, the play follows Lombardi through a week in the 1965 football season as he fights to lead his team to the championship. Lombardi opened on Broadway in October 2010, starring Dan Lauria as Lombardi, Judith Light as his wife Marie, Keith Nobbs as reporter Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor. Light garnered a Tony nomination for her performance.
In his nine years coaching the Green Bay Packers, Lombardi won five NFL titles. The NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is named after the legendary coach. After a battle with colon cancer, Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57.
Learn football tricks from the great Lombardi in this vintage video below!