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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reunite for Nike Executive Biopic


Pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite again for a new project about Nike sneaker director Sonny Vaccaro.

Affleck, 49, is set to direct, write, star and produce in the sports biopic, while Damon, 51, will star, co-write and produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon Studios and Skydance Sports are reportedly finalizing the deal for the film alongside the two Oscar winners.

The ‘Ford v Ferrari’ star will play Vaccaro and Affleck will portray Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

The story will revolve around the athletic sneaker company and Vaccaro attempting to sign basketball player Michael Jordan in the mid-’80s to an endorsement deal. The partnership seemed impossible at the time, however, the deal became one of the biggest in the history of the sport. The quest brought the shoe director to the b-baller’s mother, as well as former coaches, advisers and friends.

LeBron James stands with Roundball Chairman Sonny Vaccaro during the 2003 EA Sports Roundball Classic game in Chicago, Illinois.
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The former Chicago Bulls player will not be seen in the film and will only be a shadow figure watching the scenes unfold from afar.

The project holds a special place in the hearts of the “Argo” star and Damon. This is Affleck’s first time directing a story starring his Hollywood best friend.

The duo won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for their 1997 drama, “Good Will Hunting,” and they also co-wrote and starred in last year’s bombshell historical drama, “The Last Duel.”

‘Good Will Hunting’ executive producer Kevin Smith revealed last October that disgraced Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein wanted to pull the indie film from theaters early to ruin star Robin Williams’ career.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Reunite for Nike Executive Biopic
Damon and Affleck have previously collaborated on projects such as “Good Will Hunting” and “The Last Duel.”
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The Gus Van Saint-directed drama grossed over $225 million at the box office at the time.

In the ‘Mallrats’ director’s book ‘Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash,’ the 51-year-old said Williams had a final deal that if the movie made more than $100 million, Williams would take more of the profits and share that money with Miramax.

In a previous interview with the Daily Beast, Smith noted that he “don’t know if it was a 50/50 split.”

He added: “I remember when ‘Good Will Hunting’ was leaving theaters and it was weird because it was like, ‘Wait? There’s all this buzz around the Oscars, so why would you if it’s was just to make money? And they did it because keeping it in theaters meant more of the money would go to Robin, whereas at the time he went to video , the split was not heavy for Robin. He was paralyzed because [of] greed.”


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