Lombardi and Bronx Bombers Producers Turn Eye Toward Life Story of Boxer Joe Louis

By Adam Hetrick
25 Jun 2014

Joe Louis
Joe Louis

Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, who produced the Broadway sports dramas Lombardi, Magic/Bird and Bronx Bombers, have acquired stage and film rights to the life story of African American heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

A definitive plan was not announced; however, a statement released by the producers says that "exclusive global, theatrical and movie rights" have been acquired for "upcoming entertainment projects."

It was not revealed if a writer was attached to the project. Kirmser and Ponturo have previously collaborated with playwright Eric Simonson on their three Broadway sports outings.



As previously reported, a film adaptation of Lombardi is in development for Legendary Pictures. Based on Simonson's play and the book by David Marannis, "When Pride Still Mattered," it will have a screenplay by J.C. Chandor. Krimser and Ponturo will executive produce the film.