Tom Brady: The Movie? What?

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - WIL­LIAM J. KOLE

BOS­TON — Tom Brady: The Movie? A new book and a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture are in the works about the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ star quar­ter­back and the “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion he over­came to earn an un­prece­dented fifth Su­per Bowl ring. But Pa­tri­ots Na­tion seems am­biva­lent, and Brady’s foes say they’ll take a pass. “The Tom Brady movie is such a bad idea! The dude is so un­in­ter­est­ing and has ev­ery­thing,” said Trevor Twid­well, a Kansas City Chiefs fan from Tuc­son, Ariz., cap­tur­ing dis­like for Brady and the Pa­tri­ots out­side New Eng­land. Best­selling author Casey Sher­man and Bos­ton writer Dave Wedge are col­lab­o­rat­ing on the book un­der the work­ing ti­tle “Let’s Go!” — Brady’s ral­ly­ing cry. The pair co-au­thored “Bos­ton Strong,” which helped in­spire “Pa­tri­ots Day,” a 2017 Lionsgate re­lease star­ring Mark Wahlberg about the deadly 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings. Sher­man’s novel, “The Finest Hours,” about the Coast Guard’s 1952 rescue of 30 crew­men aboard a sink­ing tanker off Cape Cod, also was made into a movie re­leased by Walt Disney Pic­tures last year star­ring Chris Pine and Casey Af­fleck. Sher­man is work­ing with Academy Award­nom­i­nated screen­writ­ers Paul Ta­masy and Eric John­son on the book and film about Brady “and his team’s mirac­u­lous come­from-be­hind win” in the Su­per Bowl in Fe­bru­ary. Af­ter serv­ing a four-game sus­pen­sion for his role in the use of un­der­in­flated foot­balls dur­ing the 2015 play­offs, Brady re­turned to lead the Pa­tri­ots to their fifth NFL cham­pi­onship with a stun­ning 34-28 come­back win in over­time against the At­lanta Fal­cons. Sher­man, a na­tive New Eng­lan­der, likens it to Muham­mad Ali’s epic up­set of Ge­orge Fore­man in the 1974 Rum­ble in the Jun­gle. “Both men, both ath­letes, had to over­come chal­lenges off the field and out­side the ring to achieve sports im­mor­tal­ity,” Sher­man said. But the movie, tar­geted for re­lease in 2018, al­ready is be­ing panned. And not just by those who take a cyn­i­cal view of Brady’s looks and su­per­model wife, or think the Pa­tri­ots are cheaters. “The worst movies are cheesy and pre­dictable,” said Bos­ton sports com­men­ta­tor and blog­ger Alex Reimer. “The real-life drama of the Pa­tri­ots storm­ing back from a 25-point deficit in Su­per Bowl 51, and then ac­cept­ing the Lom­bardi Tro­phy from Roger Good­ell, was enough on its own.” Brady him­self won’t have a hand in the film, agent Don Yee told The As­so­ci­ated Press last week. “We wish the peo­ple in­volved the best of luck on this project but we are not in­volved,” he said. Un­flat­ter­ing memes and amus­ing cast­ing sug­ges­tions, mean­while, are cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia. Among the ac­tors some say should play Brady: Wahlberg, Ben Af­fleck, Matt Da­mon, Leonardo Di­Caprio, Josh Duhamel and Ti­mothy Olyphant. Some fans like Me­lanie Hawes say Brady’s sea­son is a box of­fice nat­u­ral — even if “peo­ple ei­ther love the Pa­tri­ots or hate them.” “As soon as the game ended, I turned to my friend and said, ‘I can’t wait for this game to be made into a movie,’” said Hawes, 22, a grad­u­ate stu­dent from Ply­mouth, Mas­sachusetts. “Ev­ery­one can agree that that Su­per Bowl was his­toric. That game de­serves a movie.”

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A new book and a movie are in the works about Tom Brady and the sus­pen­sion he over­came to earn an un­prece­dented fifth Su­per Bowl ring.

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