We’ve all said it once or twice before: “this story is so crazy, Hollywood couldn’t have written it better.”
Well, Malcolm Butler’s life story is one of those situations. The New England Patriots cornerback is known now as a two-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl XLIX hero and Pro Bowler.
But in the spring of 2014, Butler was working at a Popeye’s fried chicken joint in his Mississippi hometown, begging a Patriots scout to get him a tryout with the team even though he was a Division II college player who’d run a terrible 40-yard dash at his pro day.
The rest, as they say, is history. The scout, Frantzy Jourdain, convinced New England cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to use the one tryout slot head coach Bill Belichick allowed him on Butler, Butler started picking off Tom Brady in offseason practices almost immediately, and nine months later Butler made the game-sealing, goal-line interception of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl.
And soon enough, Butler’s story will be on the screen in a multiplex near you.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, writer/attorney Daniel Levin and his Narrative Capital group have acquired the rights to Butler’s life for a project currently called “The Secondary.” Levin also got the rights to the life of Derek Simpson, Butler’s agent.
Levin has a good eye for against-all-odds stories: Narrative Capital produced “Lion,” which is up for six Academy Awards this year.
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