Market December 7, 2018 Sold March 18, 2019
Actor Will Smith
Manager Zac Frognowski, Jeff Silver (Grandview)
Agent Sue Carls, Jon Cassir, Praveen Pandian (CAA)
Production Star Thrower Entertainment
Studio Warner Brothers
3-18-2019 - Per THR, the package sold for $50M in a bidding war with TriStar, Paramount, MRC, and the Obama's Netflix-based production label, Higher Ground. The reported amount includes the budget of the picture.
The true story of Richard Williams, the hard-nosed and uncompromising father of tennis prodigies turned superstars, Venus and Serena Williams.
Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena Williams, trains his girls from a young age to be the fiercest and best tennis players of all time.
A devoted father guides his two black daughters against experts and haters to raise two of the most incredible tennis players of all time.
Richard Williams overcomes hardships, controversy, and discrimination in order to fight to the top and bring his daughters, Venus and Serena Williams, to stardom.
Drama, Biopic, Athlete, Character Study, Film, Non-Fiction, True Story
Battle of the Sexes, Borg vs. McEnroe, The Blind Side, The LongShot, Venus and Serena
Takes place over six years, from 1988-1994
Compton, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Beverly Hills; Los Angeles; Shreveport Cemetery, Haines City, Florida; Oakland Colosseum Arena
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Over black, it says: "This is a true story."
RICHARD, 45, black, powerfully built, with a black eye, and harboring a lifetime of anger and resentment roams around a Los Angeles Country Club. He's there to collect used tennis balls from a tennis pro. Later, he drives into Compton, California -- a whole different world littered with violence and cops prowling like sharks. Two young black girls lug phone books down the street. They are VENUS, 8, and self-possessed and SERENA, 7, confident and chaotic. Richard brings them to practice in the Compton Tennis Court, following Richard's peculiar training strategy. He's very supportive and they're clearly strong in the sport. They're interrupted by KING, the leader of a Bloods gang. King threatens Richard and Richard won't back down, leading to another fistfight.
Richard calls tennis pro PAUL COHEN's house to try to convince him to train his daughters for free. He hangs up. After, Richard is trying to pitch to Bud Collins, followed by other tennis pros at different country clubs. They all refuse. One of them VIC BRADEN (60s) however tells Richard that his girls are talented but that the odds of them playing professionally are extremely low.
Richard's anger begins to...