Will Packer Productions has set a biopic on Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to win the Super Bowl. WPP has secured the rights to the legendary NFL player’s life story.
The description (per Deadline who first broke the news on this story): The timely biopic will chart Williams’ storied career and his extraordinary journey to the top of the NFL, where he was known as a great leader, beloved by his teammates. It will also explore how Williams helped shatter the myth that African American passers lacked the intellect and skills to win at the sport’s highest level.
“As NFL Players today raise their voices around the fight for justice and equality, none stood taller than Doug Williams, who proved once and for all that the notion of an African American being ill equipped to play quarterback was nothing more than a fallacy,” said Packer. “Doug’s inspirational story will positively impact fans of all ages for years to come.”
“There are no better individuals than Will Packer and James Lopez to really tell my story,” said Williams. Their unparalleled success in moviemaking ensures that my journey will be told with the upmost authenticity. I am very excited to be working with Will Packer Productions.” He is currently the SVP Player Development for the Washington Redskins.
Packer will produce with his producing partner, James Lopez. They will tap a writer further down the production timeline.