‘Air,’ directed by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, will be released in theaters on April 5. The film follows Nike’s efforts to sign Michael Jordan to a shoe contract and stars Matt Damon and Affleck as Sonny Vaccarro and Phil Knight. Alex Convery penned the script.
Before its Prime Video debut in over 240 countries and territories, “Air” will be released worldwide in theaters on April 5, 2023. Amazon Studios’ first theatrical contract has Warner Bros. Pictures handling worldwide distribution as part of its distribution pact with Amazon’s MGM.
Affleck and Damon’s Artists Equity production banner will produce the film along with Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, and Mandalay Pictures. David Ellison, Jesse Sisgold, Jon Weinbach, Madison Ainley, Jeff Robinov, Peter Guber, and Jason Michael Berman also produce. Executive producers include Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, Drew Vinton, John Graham, Peter E. Strauss, and Jordan Moldo.
Read the plot synopsis below:
The story will focus on Vaccarro’s relentless quest to sign Jordan to what was then the third-place shoe company, a journey that took him to Jordan’s parents, and in particular his powerful, dynamic mother, as well as to former coaches, advisors, and friends. Jordan will be a mythic figure hovering above the movie and never seen, even as Vaccarro tries to reach him by gaining access to those close to him and around him.
Damon will play the role of Vaccarro and Affleck plays Nike co-founder Phil Knight in a story around Nike’s longshot effort to sign rising superstar basketball player Michael Jordan to its shoe company in the mid-eighties, an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time but thanks to the maverick sneaker salesman, would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete. The deal launched the global, multi-billion-dollar contemporary sneaker industry and also helped the sport do the same.
Affleck returns to directing with “Air.” The Oscar-nominated actor directed “Gone Baby Gone” before “The Town.” He recently starred in Hulu’s “Deep Water,” and he will next appear in DC’s “The Flash” as Batman.