REMEMBER THE TITANS screenwriter tackling a film about Marlin Briscoe
Gregory Allen Howard wrote the screenplay for REMEMBER THE TITANS, based on a true story about a high school football team with a new and also African-American head coach going through its first season with a roster that included both White and African-American players. Howard has now been hired to write another film based on a true story that should have a fair amount football in it.
Howard will be writing a biopic about Marlin "The Magician" Briscoe, who was the first African-American man to ever start at quarterback in the modern period of professional football, which he did in October of 1968 with the Denver Broncos, back when the Broncos were in the AFL. Briscoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 1969 and was turned into a receiver, and he didn't play quarterback again in his career, which ended after the 1976 season.
The project currently has the working title of THE MAGICIAN. In regards to the project, Howard says, "I'm going to tell this personal story of Marlin Briscoe and use football as a backdrop." Sounds like an interesting way to go.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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