Will Ferrell to star in tennis comedy Match Maker
Story by Jack Foley
WILL Ferrell is to star in Match Maker, a sports-themed comedy-drama about the legendary conflict between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
Adapted from the ESPN Magazine article The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes, the film will recreate the infamous rivalry between Riggs, a tennis champion who was past his prime, who came out of retirement to challenge women’s tennis player King to a game that became known as The Battle of the Sexes in 1973.
More than 50 million American viewers tuned in to watch King beat Riggs and win the $100,000 prize, although some years later it was suggested that Riggs deliberately lost the match in order to erase gambling debts he owed to The Mob.
Steve Conrad is penning the script. He most recently wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and is currently preparing to direct the John Belushi biopic that will star Emile Hirsch.
As yet, no director has been announced for Match Maker.
Ferrell last starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and could also be heard lending his voice to the villain Lord Business in The LEGO Movie.