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Mangold tipped for Namath biopic

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to direct a biopic about American football star Joe Namath.

The Wolverine filmmaker is said to be in discussions to bring the life and times of the revered quarterback to the big screen for Fox 2000, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

The project is expected to reunite the director with the studio, who previously looked after his Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line and action-adventure Knight And Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It could also reteam James with his 3:10 To Yuma screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

Joe, who spent most of his career with the New York Jets in the 60s and 80s and is known for wearing fur coats on the sidelines, has led a colourful life.

Known as Broadway Joe, the 70-year-old was a party animal and womaniser and had a rehab stint in 2004. He was a sports commentator and now lives in Florida after retiring from American football in 1977.

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