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James Mangold in early talks to direct Joe Namath biopic for Fox

05.29.2014

THR has learned James Mangold is in early negotiations to helm a biopic about former NFL quarterback and 60s cultural icon Joe Namath for Fox 2000. The "Broadway Joe" biopic would reunite Mangold with the same studio behind his WALK THE LINE, and the script will be provided by Mangold's 3:10 TO YUMA screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

If you're getting a feeling of déjà vu while reading this, it's probably because four years ago James Mangold was also in talks to direct a Joe Namath biopic for Universal, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star.

Joe Namath's womanizing and party boy behavior should provide more than enough material for an entertaining biopic, and although his stats in the NFL are a little less impressive than other famous quarterbacks, he really was the league's first true media superstar. Namath is probably best known for his fur coats, his famous Super Bowl III guarantee, and for wanting to kiss sideline reporter Suzy Kobler (video below).

Are you interested in a Joe Namath biopic? And who do you think should play the the legendary quarterback?

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Source: THR

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9:36AM on 05/29/2014

"Hi, I'm Joe Namath,

My car broke down in front of your house."
My car broke down in front of your house."
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9:36AM on 05/29/2014
Just remember what I said...
Just remember what I said...
9:41AM on 05/29/2014
"I fixed it, Joe! It was just vapor-lock!"
"I fixed it, Joe! It was just vapor-lock!"
10:08PM on 05/29/2014
i only clicked on this story to make sure someone commented with this. well done
i only clicked on this story to make sure someone commented with this. well done
9:28AM on 05/29/2014
Extra tidbit: Clive Owen as Joe Namath.
Extra tidbit: Clive Owen as Joe Namath.
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1:12PM on 05/29/2014
Whoa. No way. Waaay off. Way off. Josh Holloway is much better.
Whoa. No way. Waaay off. Way off. Josh Holloway is much better.
9:20AM on 05/29/2014
I hope they chronicle right up to the point where he says "I could care less about the football team, I want to kiss you"
I hope they chronicle right up to the point where he says "I could care less about the football team, I want to kiss you"
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9:14AM on 05/29/2014
Extra tidbit: Josh Holloway as Joe Namath.
Extra tidbit: Josh Holloway as Joe Namath.
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1:12PM on 05/29/2014
BOOM inspired casting.
BOOM inspired casting.
4:18PM on 05/29/2014
I do hope he gets the part. It's time for him to get his very own starring role.
I do hope he gets the part. It's time for him to get his very own starring role.
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