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Netflix Options Phil Knight Memoir ‘Shoe Dog’

Original Film Will Tell the Backstory of the Creation of Nike

Netflix has optioned the rights to New York Times bestseller “Shoe Dog,” written by Phil Knight, which offers look at the notoriously media-shy man, illuminating Nike’searly days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Five-time Academy Award nominated producer Frank Marshall will produce the film alongside Knight.  Golden Globe and Emmy Award winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Dolemite Is My Name!,” “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) are writing the screenplay.

Said Phil Knight: “I look forward to working with my friend, the great Frank Marshall, in bringing my story and the story of Nike to the screen. I have been gratified by the reception my book has received and think that we can explain my journey and the story of Nike to an even larger audience in collaboration with Netflix.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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