Showtime Networks Inc. has acquired the rights to “Play It Forward,” a film about NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and his brother, whose own football ambitions were never realized.
The documentary, which premiered at the Opening Gala of the 2015 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, was written and directed by Andrea Nevins. From SMAC Entertainment and Rare Bird Films, the movie is exec produced by Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz and produced by Cristan Reilly.
“The Gonzalezes’ story in ‘Play It Forward’ resonates with the love, joy, loss, struggle and sacrifice it takes to hold a family together and achieve success,” said Strahan. “Whether you’re a player in the NFL or chasing a dream to be a firefighter the one central theme is family. As executive producers, Constance Schwartz and I are thrilled that Showtime has joined us on this journey to take this film to audiences in hopes that they will be as inspired are by this story as we are.”
Nevins’ credits include “The Other F Word,” which she produced with Reilly and is about what happens when punk rockers become fathers. She thanked the Gonzalez family for their support of the project.
“I’m so appreciative of Tony and his family who were open and honest in what proved to be such an emotional series of events we bore witness to,” said Nevins. “We’re so excited to share the Gonzalez family’s very human story of dreams deferred, loss and ultimately triumph.”