Legendary NFL running back Jim Brown is getting his very own biopic. Syracuse graduate and legend of the Cleveland Browns is set to have his life story told on the big screen.
Gridiron legend turned actor Jim Brown has pledged his life rights to producer Hal Lieberman for a biopic which Bob Eisele (The Great Debaters) will script and Jonathan Hock (The Lost Son Of Havana) will direct says Deadline.
Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and set every record for a pro running back in North American football. In 2002 Sporting News called him the greatest professional football player ever.
He starred in numerous cinematic hits in the 60s through to the 90s including The Dirty Dozen, Ice Station Zebra, The Running Man and Mars Attacks, and made history with Raquel Welch with the pair filming one of the first onscreen interracial love scenes in 1969's 100 Rifles.
After the successful movie The Express, which is the story of Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, this movie could be told in the same way bringing this football legend to a new and younger audience. No word on if Darrin Dewitt Henson, who played Jim Brown in The Express, is up for the role.
[Source: Dark Horizons]