Zachary Levi will star as NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner in “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story.”
The film, from Lionsgate and Kingdom Story, is expected to begin production later this year. Brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin will direct and produce.
This isn't news, but Kurt Warner had one of the more incredible careers and life stories you'll ever see from an NFL player. In case you live under a rock, or just stumbled upon this website on accident, he went from a UDFA that was bagging groceries to the AFL, NFL Europe, then super bowl MVP and HoF inductee. He didn't even play an NFL down until he was my age! Pretty god damn bonkers, and well worth a movie in my humble opinion.
I'm also a big fan of Zachary Levi. He super funny and contagiously energetic. I can't say I'd use either of those adjectives to describe Warner, but I think this is an instance where a square peg can fit in a round hole. The movie is going to be based on interviews with Warner as well as his 2000 memoir "All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football, and the First Miracle Season."
Warner is a big time Evangelical, so God stuff is obviously a big part of his life. There is no problem with that whatsoever, but I think his human act of perseverance is incredible and would make for the best movie material. However, faith is seemingly going to be the overwhelming theme for this movie, as it is being directed by the Erwin brothers (A duo that makes christian films) and made by their production house Kingdom Story Company, a Lionsgate partner dedicated to the Christian film genre. That said, my opinion on what would make it a better movie doesn't mean shit since it's Warner's life and if he chooses to attribute his success to faith, then he has the right to have it portrayed that way.