Hollywood loves nothing more than pitting two projects against each other, and the latest is the true story about an oddball sports rivalry that captivated the nation. Earlier this year it was reported that Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti would topline HBO‘s movie based on the 1973 Battles Of The Sexes tennis match between the 29 year-old, number two-ranked Billie Jean King, and the retired loud-mouthed champ Bobby Riggs. Now, a much starrier version is moving forward fast.
Fox Searchlight has rounded up “Crazy Stupid Love” co-stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone for “Battle Of The Sexes.” This is the project that Danny Boyle once flirted with, and he’s still on board to produce, with “Little Miss Sunshine” duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris now directing the script from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” scribe Simon Beaufoy. In short, this one has a ton of talent in front of and behind the camera.
The plan is for this to shoot in the fall in time for release in 2016, putting pressure not just on the HBO project, but also another movie based on the same material with Carell’s buddy Will Ferrell attached. Which version of the these three do you think will work best? Let us know in the comments section. [Deadline]