Ask 50 people, “What’s the best sports movie ever made?”
You will probably get 50 different answers.
What about “The Best Sports Movie Ever Made?”
On Tuesday, Disney released a trailer for Rise, a biopic about the life of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers, Thanasis and Kostas, which will appear on Disney+. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the sports and movie landscape to determine which sports personalities are most likely to appear on the big screen next – or at least the biggest screen in your family room.
Sport and Hollywood clashed at the Oscars when Will Smith, who was nominated and ultimately won ‘Best Actor’ honors for his role as Richard Williams in ‘King Richard’, slammed comedian Chris Rock live in front of audiences. million television viewers around the world. Smith (sort of) apologized and was banned from the Academy for 10 years.
His Oscar for “King Richard” will remain, as it was deserved and deserved.
During his brief “retirement,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady announced plans for a movie called “80 For Brady.” It claims to tell the true story of four die-hard Brady/Patriots fans who made the trip from New England to Houston for Super Bowl 51. It stars Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sally Field. Brady is expected to play himself.
The next athlete to get a major sports movie
So who will be the next sports personality to appear in a non-documentary film, either as herself or as a Hollywood star?
Here are our projected odds on this proposal. These ratings are compiled using a Bookies.com analysis of potential storylines, audience interest, and other ongoing projects.
Next Sports Star Movie Projected Ratings
|Simone Biles/USA Gymnasts||+650|
|Wonderful Marvin Hagler||+1300|
The odds above were set by Bookies.com Senior Handicapper Adam Thompson. They are projected and not currently available in legal sports betting or betting apps. This page will be updated if odds become available.
Big names share the limelight
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. Bryant’s death rocked the world of sport and culture. His story played out for all to see during his 20 seasons in the NBA. Bryant’s Lakers won 5 NBA titles during his time with the Purple and Gold. His life offers a fascinating account. It seems like a natural choice, especially in the wake of HBO’s controversial yet highly publicized docu-drama “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
The problem with any film surrounding Bryant would be whether it would have his family’s blessing or be “unauthorized” or turned into fiction-lite. The commercial success of “Winning Time” could also inspire a similar film/series about the late Wilt Chamberlain or the longtime Celtics Bill Russell.
The Celtics won 11 titles during Russell’s 13 seasons in Boston at a time when the city was struggling with race relations. Russell is still with us and active on social media. He recently sold much of his personal memorabilia and is active in promoting social justice and racial equity.
The story of trauma and triumph surrounding Simone Biles and her fellow American gymnasts is the stuff of Hollywood. Yet it was all too real. There is an audience waiting for this compelling story of how so many women were able to overcome such personal tragedy and the courage it took to tell the world about it.
Tiger Woods could tell his own story
There are several markers in the life of Tiger Woods which could stand on their own. “King Richard” was the first major film that told the Williams family story that was made with the family’s cooperation.
Woods and his camp are in what seems like a perpetual battle mode when it comes to unauthorized biographies or video dramas about the 15-time major champion. Woods has a long-term deal with Discovery+, so any movie detailing part of his life would likely land on that platform. The streaming space is oversaturated (see CNN+ and Netflix’s recent stock slide). So that could be something that could surface in the short term.
Colin Kaepernick has been both a remarkable and polarizing figure since he first chose to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016. He remains in the news as he tries to land a spot in the NFL for the upcoming season.
Kaepernick is active on multiple media platforms, so any movie that tells all or part of his story seems almost inevitable, especially given the growing number of streaming services looking for original content.
Remembering the likes of Clemente, Hagler
The 50th anniversary of by Roberto Clemente the tragic death occurs on December 31. Clemente, who was born in Puerto Rico, was baseball’s first major Latin star and overcame institutional bias and racism throughout his career. Clemente died in a plane crash while trying to provide earthquake relief in Nicaragua. He was enrolled in Cooperstown with exactly 3,000 visits in 1973, as the Hall waived its normal five-year waiting period. There is pressure to have his No. 21 retired across tribute baseball, like the one given to No. 42 Jackie Robinson.
Wonderful Marvin Hagler (yes, his first name has officially been changed to “Marvelous”) has had a real rags-to-riches boxing story. Hagler grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the shadow of all-time heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. Hagler won 64 of his first 66 fights and led the middleweight division from 1980 to 1987. His career ended after losing to Sugar Ray Leonard in a controversial 12-round split decision. Hagler quit boxing after that fight, a fight millions still believe he won. Hagler was very protective of his life story before he died in March 2021 at age 66.
Many sports stories to tell
There are several stories to tell among many others on this list. Here’s a quick overview.
Conor McGregor: Originally a plumber in Dublin, Ireland, “The Notorious” worked his way to global notoriety on the MMA scene. Hot-headed and combative outside of the octagon, as well as inside of it, McGregor has millions of UFC betting fans and plenty of haters, but he always seems to land in the spotlight. Often lost is the fact that he was a UFC title holder in three different divisions over a period of a dozen years.
Usain Bolt: Bolt is a global sporting phenom and was nearly unbeatable on the track. Anything named after him has an embedded audience of hundreds of millions.
Shohei Ohtani: The 2021 American League MVP, Ohtani is the most dynamic and talented two-way professional baseball player since Babe Ruth. He enjoys fame in the United States and Japan.
Molly Seidel: Many sports films tell stories of athletes that are not necessarily known but provide a backstory worthy of a complete film or a series. Molly Seidel is a long-distance runner who won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Marathon in 2021 – her third marathon. She was the first American woman to win an Olympic marathon medal in 15 years. She went from never running a marathon to running three in just 18 months. She had been running long distances for years, but suffered from multiple injuries and an eating disorder.
Ryan Locht: Without Michael Phelps, Lochte might have become the greatest American Olympic swimmer of all time. Lochte has won 12 Olympic medals. He is an incredible athlete who had a self destruct streak that nearly ruined his life and swimming career. His rise, fall, and eventual personal success in overcoming his self-imposed challenges would no doubt delight audiences.