James Mangold has proven his ability to craft films with engrossing stories and top-notch visuals on countless occasions – from Girl, Interrupted to Identity to Walk The Line. Coming off of his biggest production yet, the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz starrer Knight & Day, we here at Hollywood.com have long wondered what his next project would be and thanks to Pajiba, we now know what that is.
Mangold will direct Jake Gyllenhaal in Namath, the long gestating biopic of famous NFL quarterback Joe Namath that is stationed at Universal Pictures. There hasn’t been any movement on the project since 2007, when Gyllenhaal was cast as Broadway Joe. Now that the actor has matured substantially (and beefed up for Prince of Persia), the thought of him playing the hall of famer is not as foolish as it once was.
There is no word on a start date as of yet, so we can only speculate as to when the production might get underway. Gyllenhaal is currently filming the thriller Source Code with director Duncan Jones and Mangold is wrapping up post-production on Knight & Day (which is set for a June 25th release). Neither of them have a greenlit project to jump into next, so it is possible that the duo could move onto the gridiron before the year is out, but the fact that Universal is keen on reworking David Hollander’s script means that it may have to wait until next season.