Danny Boyle Developing Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs Tennis Drama

February 19, 2014
Source: NY Post

Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs

The R-rated thriller Trance from Danny Boyle didn't exactly have the acclaimed Oscar success of his two previous films 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire, but it sounds like his next film could certainly be headed for the Academy Awards. The NY Post (via The Playlist) has learned that Boyle is reteaming with writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson for a film about the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. That explains why Boyle was at the premiere of a documentary about King in London last year and no one knew why he was even attending.

Apparently Beaufoy and Boyle met with King after that documentary premiere and they're meeting again in New York before the Olympian tennis player heads to the closing ceremonies of the Winter Games in Sochi. We don't know if the film will just focus on this match or will be more of a biopic of King herself, but the match is one of the most talked about events in sports history. Riggs came out of retirement at age 55 to play King in five matches to see who was truly the best after ragging on female tennis players frequently throughout his career. Of course, King came out on top and the rest is history. Sounds like a good story.

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Yes. A woman in the prime of her tennis career beat a loudmouthed, old man in the decline of his career.

DAVIDPD on Feb 19, 2014


I finally saw Trance this week and I don't understand the distaste. I thought it was edgy and well directed. It was way better than the Beach. That being said it was no 28 days later or trainspotting.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 19, 2014


Oh come on! Where is our third part of the 28 series? I need more Boyle Zombies!

Johnny Neat on Feb 28, 2014

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