North Texas sports fans who are no longer anticipating the movie about Josh Hamilton can now count down the days to another sports biopic: Sony Pictures is now producing a movie about Jesse Holley, the former security guard who went on to become a Dallas Cowboys receiver. Former Cowboys’ great Michael Irvin is set to be a producer on this movie, too.
This movie sounds like it could be the Cowboys’ version of Invincible. Between that movie and Silver Linings Playbook, Philadelphia Eagles fans have cornered the market on films that make them feel warm and fuzzy. It’s time the Cowboys fans gets a movie to feel good about itself.
Then again, I’m getting a sinking feeling looking at the talent attached to this movie. The screenwriter is Randy Brown, who penned the deservedly unloved Clint Eastwood vehicle Trouble With the Curve. The directors are Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, who won an Oscar for their simplistic football documentary Undefeated. I can imagine this movie sucking all too easily.
Perhaps it won’t, if the right talent is cast. Which actor should portray Jesse Holley? I’d suggest Michael B. Jordan, but I’m open to other suggestions.