Danny Boyle may have decided on a new movie as PageSix reports that the director is thinking of reteaming with Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson on a biopic of tennis legend Billie Jean King.
The movie will focus on her match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, which was recently the subject of the documentary The Battle of the Sexes. After self-proclaimed chauvinist Bobby Riggs’ declarated that the female game was inferior and that a top woman player couldn’t beat him even at the age of 55, he challenged King to a match, but she declined. Margaret Court then the top female player in the world – but lost in straight sets, seemingly confirming Riggs’ claims.
King wasn’t going to stand for that and agreed to play Bobby in what became a nationally televised media sensation.
It was an important time in King’s life for another reason too, as for the first time she’s relatively recently become involved in a relationship with a woman, even though she was still married to a man at the time.
Boyle and Beaufoy have apparently already met with King and plans to have more meeting as they get to work on the script. It’s now known if this will be his next movie, but a Danny Boyle sports biopic would certainly be interesting.