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Will Ferrell might star as Madden in the Madden movie

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In a post-Super Mario Bros. Movie and The Last of Us world, video game adaptations are the next Hollywood gold rush, and studios are casting its net on all game genres in the hopes of striking it big.

Next up: Madden, Amazon Studios’ take on the birth of the massive Madden NFL football video games. According to Deadline, the film will be directed by Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director David O.

Russell, with Will Ferrell in talks to star as John Madden. Much like Tetris, or even Air, Madden is reportedly setting its sights on the creation of the classic product at its center.

Per screenwriter Cambron Clark’s logline, the film dramatizes John Madden’s pivot from a career as an NFL coach to becoming pro football’s first and most successful influencer — partially through the co-creation of the first realistic football video game ever, the summary indicates: After being forced into retirement by the Oakland Raiders, fiery former NFL head coach John Madden teams up with a mild-mannered Harvard programmer to rewrite his fading legacy by building the world’s first football video game.

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