〉 The two-time Pro Bowler was named the 1970s “Kicker of the Decade” by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee.
Black Label Media, the company behind recent critical successes like Sicario and Demolition, is set to produce a biopic based on former NFL placekicker Garabed Yepremian, GARO, from a script by Steve Conrad.
The film tells the improbable story of how a young Armenian man emigrated to the United States, became a kicker in the NFL, and eventually helped the Miami Dolphins win the Super Bowl in 1972.
Garo, as he was known, started playing for the Detroit Lions as a walk-on, and spent seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the aforementioned Dolphins in a career that spanned from 1966 to 1981. Being from Cyprus and lacking an understanding of football culture made Garo a target for players who believed the sport to be the realm of Americans only. It was that lack of understanding of football culture that made Garo an occasional punchline: he once ran off of the field and accidentally sat on the opposing team’s bench, while during his first game, dropped to his knees to scour the grass when he was told his team had “lost the coin toss.” Garo won the hearts of fans, however, when he became an integral part of the legendary ‘perfect season’ 1972 Miami Dolphins.
The film will compete with another biopic about the legendary kicker, an untitled Garo Yepremian project written by Joel Silverman and set up with Jerry Bruckheimer Films at Disney.
Garo is being produced by Molly Smith, with Jon Schumacher overseeing for Black Label. Other projects currently in development at the company include the thriller Code Name Veil and Damien Chazelle’s latest, La La Land. On the TV side, Black Label recently landed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios.
Conrad’s previous credits include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness, and The Weather Man. In addition to Garo, Conrad is also working on the John Belushi biopic – to which he is also attached to direct. Conrad is the creator of the forthcoming Amazon original series, Patriot.
He is repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor