“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to star in and produce a romantic comedy centered around a diehard sports fan titled “Football or Me,” AGC Studios chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced Wednesday.
AGC Studios will fully produce and finance “Football or Me,” which finds Anderson playing a man addicted to watching football who has to choose between the love of his life and the sport he’s obsessed with.
“Black-ish” and “Superior Donuts” writer Robb Chavis will adapt the screenplay inspired by an Argentinian comedy “Futbol y Yo,” also called “My Love or My Passion,” from 2017.
Anderson will star in the film and serve as a producer on the rom-com, alongside AGC, Badabing Pictures’ Tracey Bing and producer Benedict Carver. Also onboard as producers are E. Brian Dobbins and Jose Levy, with AGC’s Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer executive producing.
Anderson currently stars on “Black-ish” and has been seen on “Grown-ish,” and he’s also working on the drama “Beats” for Netflix.
The deal with Anderson was negotiated by AGC’s VP of Legal & Business Affairs Anant Tamirisa and Palmer on behalf of AGC, by UTA, Artists First, and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher on behalf of Anderson, and by attorney Richard Rapkowski of Manis Rapkowski on behalf of Bing and Carver.