ESPN Films Monday announced it will co-produce a yet-to-be titled film starring Robert Redford chronicling the relationships and events surrounding Jackie Robinson’s historic effort to break baseball’s color barrier in the late 1940s.
The film, which also includes Baldwin Entertainment Group and Andrew Cohen as co-producers, will star Redford as legendary Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
The network said the film marks the first announced project from the collaboration between ESPN and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) aimed at identifying creative and commercial opportunities for ESPN Films’ scripted arm. ESPN will lend its sports storytelling knowledge and expertise to the production.
ESPN said the film is being produced with the approval of Robinson’s widow, Rachel, Branch Rickey Jr. and Major League Baseball.
“ESPN Films is honored to be collaborating with such accomplished storytellers and filmmakers for such an important sports and American story,” Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN content development, said in a statement.