The Erwin Brothers (“I Still Believe” and “October Baby”) will direct and write a biopic about NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, called “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” through their newly-formed studio (2019) Kingdom Story Company. The former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams star will be co-producing the film with wife Brenda.
Warner, known for his faith in God, went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to become a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP winner and a fan favorite.
“Kurt lived the ultimate underdog story, it’s one of perseverance, dedication and tenacity, but also one of the powers behind the scenes – his family and his faith – that led him to victory. His story is bigger than football and inspiring to dreamers everywhere, and we’re excited to be getting started,” Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin said in a joint statement.
Warner added he’s extremely excited to be working with “Lionsgate and the Erwin Bros to bring this story to life on the big screen, in hopes of encouraging all who see it to never stop believing in themselves and what God can do with them!”
Warner was raised in the church but never accepted Jesus until he was 25-years-old. “I realize my role here on earth is not to throw touchdown passes and win football games, although that is the position and the platform I have been given,” he wrote on the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by him and Brenda in 2001.
“I realize my goal is to win as many people to Jesus as possible. I have an open-door policy, where I’m able to talk about what is most important to me, and obviously, God is No. 1.”
“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” is based on Warner’s memoir, All Things Possible: My Story Of Faith, Football and the First Miracle Season, and is scheduled for release Dec. 18. This is the third film from Kingdom Story Company in partnership with Lionsgate.