Fresh off their fifth Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots are getting the silver screen treatment. The quarterback – now being called the greatest of all time – is going to be the topic of an upcoming book and film, to be produced by Disney. The two will be written simultaneously, and the Patriots’ triumphant comeback in Super Bowl LI will be at the center of it all.
The book will be co-authored by Casey Sherman and David Wedge; Eric Johnson (The Finest Hours, The Fighter) will be writing the film. This is a collaboration we’ve seen before: Sherman and Wedge wrote Boston Strong, a nonfiction book about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Boston Strong became the basis for Johnson’s film Patriots Day, which starred Mark Wahlberg. Suffice to say, this is a team that’s had experience in telling the stories of Boston’s tribulations – and overcoming them.
A Story To Inspire
“When we’re looking for stories,” Wedge said, in a report by EW, “we’re looking for these universal themes of overcoming odds and people using moments of adversity to inspire… The game that we just saw really encapsulates who that guy is… It’s made for a movie.”
Before Super Bowl LI, last Feb. 5, the New England Patriots came into the game against the Atlanta Falcons as heavy favorites. However, halfway through the third quarter, the Falcons were in total control, 28-3. No team had ever comeback from such a deficit in a Super Bowl game; the huge lead prompted early celebrations from the Atlanta Falcons, and at one point, Tom Brady could be seen looking despondent on the New England bench.
What followed over the last quarter and a half was historic: the Patriots, led by Brady, stormed back into the game, scoring 19 points in the last frame to send the game to overtime. There, they hit the first touchdown to claim the championship.
After the game, Brady didn’t stay long for interviews, opting to celebrate with his family instead. “They are my everything,” he said. How’s that for a Disney film script, then?
The Good And The Bad
The book to be written by Sherman and Wedge is not the first covering Tom Brady’s life and career. He released an autobiography, Tom Brady: A Life of Joy and Painlessness back in 2011. Disney’s production will likely include elements of Brady’s storied career, but surely with a few updates.
What moviegoers will also want to see are the scandals and trials that struck New England on the road leading up to that moment. That includes the “Deflategate” controversy, which involved allegations of the Pats deliberately underinflating footballs. Brady was suspended for four games and the Patriots were penalized with draft picks, after the investigation.
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