Battle of the Sexes lives on in new Will Ferrell film ‘Match Maker’
An upcoming comedy with Will Ferrell will relive the infamous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match from the early 70s. Steve Conrad was chosen to write the script for the film, which does not have a release date at this time.
Ferrell will join as the male lead in the project, the sports-themed comedy will circle the once famous tennis-match of Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, two tennis stars of opposite sexes that played against each other in a televised event.
Match Maker will be loosely-based on the ESPN article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes” written by Don Van Natta Jr. The story was written about the animosity that grew between the aging tennis-star Riggs, and the potent women’s tennis player Billie King. The match was quite the pop-culture moment of the time, a backdrop to the woman’s rights movement of the early 70s. At the time 50 million Americans watched the tennis match, an amazing number at the time, in the actual match Riggs lost the match and King won the $100,000 prize.
Although many people still argue the topic, one theory was that Riggs lost the match on purpose, having owed an incredible amount of money to the mob from failed gambling bets. That has never been proven, but the film will most likely add it to the drama of the story.