New Orleans based Ghost Rider Pictures announced the development of a biopic film of former Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas Friday. The project is titled “Unitas We Stand” and is slated for a 2014 release.
According to the company’s website, the film is based on the 2006 biography “Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas” by Tom Callahan. The screenplay was written by Unitas’ son Joe Unitas and Nick Slatkin, whose credits include the 2010 drama “Placebo”. Joe Unitas is also listed as a producer for the film, along with Chris Braun, Oley Sassone and Steven Scaffidi (who recently produced the documentary “The Sojourners”.)
The project’s website offers the following synopsis: “After experiencing a devastating personal loss, a young man, through sheer determination and his God-given talent, proves the experts wrong to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game.”
The project’s Facebook page adds “”Unitas We Stand” is a major independent motion picture in development which is based on the best-selling book “Johnny U” and inspired by the true life of one of the greatest players in NFL history, Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas.”
HBO attempted to tell Unitas’ story via documentary in 1999 with a project titled “Unitas.” Callahan’s book was not the first written about the iconic quarterback. Author Roland Lazenby released “Johnny Unitas: The Best There Ever Was” in 2002.
In an email to WNST.net, Joe Unitas said the project was six years in the making. Unitas will join “The Reality Check” Monday on AM1570 WNST.net to discuss the project further.