Deadline is reporting that Qasim Basir (Mooz-Lum, Destined, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.) will be directing the biopic of famed NFL long shot Andrew Hawkins currently titled Hawk.
Hawk follows the true story of supreme underdog Hawkins, who gained entry into the NFL after faking his height, weight and social status to earn a multimillion-dollar contract with the Cleveland Browns. Hawkins took a unique path to success. After building a mediocre football resume in college and standing only 5’7, Hawkins set out on an improbable, obstacle-ridden three year odyssey that included adding clay to heals to increase his height, adding weights to his pockets to increase his weight, and pretending to be his own agent on phone calls and emails to get admitted to tryouts – all eventually leading him to stardom in the NFL.
Andrew Gaines will produce for Curated By Media, and Hawkins will also serve as an EP of the film. Cameras roll this summer.
“Andrew’s story is one of the most inspiring true stories I’ve ever heard,” Basir said. “As a former college football player myself, who also tried out for the NFL, it resonated with me deeply. My entire identity was tied to my ability as an athlete and when that changed, it was tough trying to figure out my new focus.”
Basir stated that thousands of former players go through that same struggle every year after final games or tryouts. Hawkins, who fought for years to break into the NFL, agrees.
“Qasim knows my story because he’s lived it,” said Hawkins. “The chances of finding a director who is not only a gifted storyteller, but has almost identical experiences as me are a million to one. I feel like its fate.”
Krystin Ver Linden will write the screenplay. Her screenplay for Ride recently made the 2018 Black List and her script Alice was picked up by Imperative Entertainment.
Basir’s credits include the Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick film A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and released last September, and multi award-winning features Destined and Mooz-Lum.