Elizabeth Banks Is Billie Jean King & Paul Giamatti Bobby Riggs In HBO’s Battle Of The Sexes Tennis Tale
by Mike Fleming Jr March 10, 2015 10:00am
HBO and Playtone have set playwright and Proof scribe David Auburn to script an untitled project that has Elizabeth Banks playing Billie Jean King and Paul Giamatti Bobby Riggs in the a story of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match in which the 29-year-old No. 2-ranked female star beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champ. The film will be exec produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, along with Banks and her Brownstone Productions partner Max Handelman.
This comes as a feature version of the famous match percolates. That project, Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions’ Match Maker, is based on Don Van Matta Jr’s ESPN The Magazine article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia And The Battle Of The Sexes.” In that version — which has Steve Conrad writing and Will Ferrell attached to play Riggs — the connotation is that Riggs’ indebtedness to outside parties could have influenced the results of an event that caught the zeitgeist like few sporting events have, drawing 50 million viewers to the telecast.
Auburn is repped by Paradigm and Code Entertainment, Giamatti by UTA and Kipperman Management, and Banks by UTA and Untitled.
This is a TV movie right????
Yes, it is mentioned as a “film” toward the end of the first paragraph.
So I like the casting of Banks but I really am not sure about Paul in that role. I just dont see it……maybe I’m in the minority on that though.
This was already a made for televison movie.
Ha, now there’s going to be a movie with Steve Carell and Emma Stone. Maybe the roles will sweep the Oscars and Emmys the same year. That would be hilarious.
Why so many films? It is not that interesting a story. The weird thing is everybody forgets the first tennis Battle of the Sexes. Riggs challenged a woman named Margaret Court before this and easily beat her. That didn’t make for such good publicity so they did it again and this time King won.