Pajiba is reporting that James Mangold (Walk the Line) might be directing Jake Gyllenhaal in Namath.

Presently, Universal wants to make sure that David Hollander's script is ready to go before it moves into production. The story reports that Mangold has in fact come aboard the project and that it might go into production sooner rather than later. However, nothing is confirmed.

The film will be a biopic centered on Broadway Joe Namath. He was a major "cultural figure in the '60s, helped to merge the AFL with the NFL by defeating the Baltimore Colts, became the first real commercial star of the NFL."

Evan Jacobs