Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro is attached to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the theatrical motion picture LOMBARDI being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL. Additionally, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Good Shepherd) has come on board the project which will chronicle Lombardi during the years he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the worst team in the National Football League into five-time NFL champions.
The producing group of ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment, the NFL and Chris Olsen
will be joined by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions. ESPN/Andell
have Lombardi's life story rights through his estate and Vincent Lombardi, Jr.
as well as the rights to the renowned sports book Instant Replay written by
former Packer great Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap.
"Having an icon portray an icon on film is amazing, and with a writer as
talented as Eric working on the script, the results could be magical for NFL
fans," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Films - Motion Pictures.
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions and the Tribeca Film Festival,
said, "We've had an extraordinary relationship with ESPN for five years through
the Tribeca Film Festival, and now we're able to extend that association into
"There are few actors who could accurately portray the fire, passion and grit of
Lombardi and we're thrilled to have Robert De Niro on our team," said Charles
Coplin, the NFL's vice president of programming. "With the addition of De Niro,
Eric and Tribeca Productions, we have a deep bench to produce a film worthy of
the legendary coach and American icon."
Current plans call for the film's release on the weekend between the AFC and NFC
Conference Championships and the Super Bowl in 2012. CAA collaborates with ESPN Films on theatrical motion picture projects and represents De Niro, Roth and
Rosenthal. Discussions are taking place with directors interested in the