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

Joe Louis
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.