J. A. K. E. Jake Jake Jake! While they may currently be suffering through a horrific season, Jet fans finally have something to look forward to. According to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to play Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath in a new biopic for Universal Pictures. David Hollander will write the script once the strike is over, while Andrew Lazar and Jimmy Walsh produce. Though Namath didn't break a slew of records, he is known as football's first player to reach rock-star status. And Gyllenhaal recently became the first man to (pretend) go all the way with Heath Ledger in a tent. So there's definitely a connection there.
Namath is probably most famous for guaranteeing his team a victory against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, and, as Variety notes, "[He] put the AFL on equal footing with the NFL, paved the way to a merger and helped establish football as a TV sport. He accomplished all of this on knees so bad that draft board doctors refused to send him to Vietnam for fear that they would give out on the battlefield." Recently, Namath has suffered with alcohol issues, going so far as to tell a female sportscaster during live ESPN coverage of a Jets game that he wanted to kiss her and "couldn't care less about the team strugg-a-ling." But I don't think that's the Namath we'll be seeing up on the big screen. Gyllenhaal is currently shooting the film Brothers opposite Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman, and from there he'll dive into a moon expedition flick for Dreamworks and Doug Liman. So don't look for his take on Namath to score a touchdown in theaters anytime soon.