HBO plans to make a movie about the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, according to the New York Post.
The movie will be based on the book about the game written by legendary Giants running back Frank Gifford, who will be an executive producer for the project. His son, Cody, is one of three producers, and he said they're currently in meetings with writers to discuss the adaptation process.
“We’re not at the casting point right now but we’ve met with [writer John Richards] and we’re developing the story with him,” says Cody. “We’re kind of taking a hands-off approach but we’re giving him everything he needs. We’re focused right now on getting the best possible story out of the book.”
The Colts won the 1958 game 23-17 in sudden death overtime on a one-yard Alan Ameche touchdown run. The game is considered one of the greatest of all time and is credited with greatly increasing the popularity of the NFL.
The movie, which has been optioned by HBO, will carry the same title as Gifford's book: "The Glory Game."
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