Showtime has acquired rights to Play It Forward, a documentary look at the life, family and career of NFL Hall of Fame shoo-in Tony Gonzalez and his relationship with his older brother Chris. The pic, written and directed by Andrea Nevins, had the opening-night slot at this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. No airdate was announced.
The film follows the Gonzalez brothers over the course of a pivotal year as Tony’s career is winding down, as are his chances of finally getting to a Super Bowl. During this time, Chris, who first taught Tony how to play the game, and always stood by him throughout his college and professional football journey, now chases his own mid-life ambition to become a firefighter. This candid, heartfelt film explores brotherhood, sacrifice and what it takes to achieve greatness, on or off the field.
From SMAC Entertainment and Rare Bird Films, the documentary was produced by Cristan Reilly and executive produced by Constance Schwartz and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.
In a bit of synergy, Gonzalez is a sports analyst for CBS’ The NFL Today.