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Amazon acquires rights to Tim Howard story

The goalkeeper will have a consultant role in the film.

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Amazon has acquired the rights to tell the story of legendary U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s early career, starting with the North Jersey Centaurs of the USISL D-3 Pro League in 1997 and following his journey with the U.S. Men’s National Team and the EPL’s Manchester United. The feature film will go through his first season at Manchester United in 2003-04 and will also highlight his struggles with Tourette syndrome.

According to Sports Business Journal, producer Mark Ciardi has been wanting to create the film since seeing Howard’s profile on “60 Minutes” in 2005. After the show aired, Howard’s agent Dan Segal said “about a half a dozen different movie producers” reached out. At the time, Howard felt that it wouldn’t have been “a smart thing to do on my end. I had a lot of my career ahead of me. I didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder, I wanted to work and get my feet under me.”

Last fall, Ciardi reached out again and multiple platforms were interested in making the movie. Filming is expected to start in 2021 and Howard believes that “we’re far enough removed from that moment that we can capture it in that best light.”

During Howard’s final season in 2019, the Colorado Rapids documented the Secretary of Defense’s life on and off the pitch to create a 23-minute short called “Just the Beginning.”