The story of golf’s most legendary American player is being adapted for television. Oscar-winning producer, director and writer Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions are developing a docuseries based on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s anticipated biography, Tiger Woods, which is being released today.
The docuseries will showcase the authors’ three years of work, which includes over 400 extensive interviews and in-depth research of Woods’ life. Gibney will use the book as a foundation to portray Woods’ early years as an introverted child prodigy, his meteoric rise as a mixed-race golfer, nearly twenty years of dominating national titles, and his struggle with the demands of fame, media attention and family.
Rodney Barnes To Pen 'Tiger Woods' Scripted Miniseries, Entertainment 360 Comes On Board
Benedict and Keteyian will executive produce with Gibney.
Gibney has been widely praised for his work which includes scripted Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower, the triple Emmy-winning film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. He recently executive produced Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, as well as Magnolia Pictures’ Wall Street documentary, The China Hustle, set to open in theaters on March 30.
Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a TV and film producer with 15 published books including the New York Times best-selling autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback, Steve Young. His stories have served as the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CNN, and the Discovery Channel.
Keteyian is a network television correspondent for CBS News and a longtime contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes. Previously he has served as the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports and a Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News. He has written or co-written 11 books including the New York Times best-seller, The System, an inside look at big-time college football, co-written with Benedict.
Jigsaw Productions’ slate of TV series and feature films include Dirty Money, a six-part series on Netflix that delves into corporate corruption and scandal, Death Row Stories, the CNN series executive produced by Gibney and Robert Redford, and Zero Days which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Berlinale and was released by Magnolia Pictures shortly thereafter.
UTA is handling the sale of the docuseries on behalf of the filmmaker and in partnership with InkWell Management on behalf of the biography. Simon & Schuster is publishing domestically. Gibney is repped by UTA. Benedict and Keteyian are represented by InkWell and UTA.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.