News of a Bart Scott biopic emerged earlier this week, but the Jets linebacker said the project has been in the works for at least a year and a half.
Intrigued by a New York Times feature he read on Scott, producer Bob Shaye – who co-founded New Line Cinema and recently formed Unique Pictures with Michael Lynne -- contacted Scott’s representatives to see if he’d be interested in turning his backstory into a movie.
“I had meetings with him, talked to him,” said the Jet. “He was comfortable with my vibe, knowing that I wouldn’t mess it up or be some jerk or do something stupid…that would hurt the film.”
Scott said best-selling author Gay Talese came to the Jets facility several times last year and helped do some research for the project with writer Richard Regan, who penned the recently-submitted screenplay.
“I’m very excited about it,” said Scott. “But it’s one of those things that, until it happened, I wasn’t sure that it was going to happen, so I didn’t want to get too excited.”
One thing that has surprised the nine-year veteran is the negative comments his barely-made movie already has received.
“Once you do stuff like that you open yourself up to criticism – which is fine cause I have big shoulders,” he said. “But it’s always amazed me how people can’t really truly be happy for you. They want to find ways to poke holes in things. I mean, it’s fine. I didn’t know about [the news of the film], so someone told me a web site to go on and it was just hate, hate, hate. It’s like, c’mon. Stuff like, ‘I could think of 20 other stories I would rather see.’ F----n' hater!”
Scott isn't exactly sure when the film will hit the screen, but he plans to be involved in the process – including casting.
“It’s not so much about the money,” he said. “For me, it’s about the recognition for the people that had integral parts in my life, my story. That’s why I agreed to do it. It wasn’t about the money, because I told him from jump I didn’t care about the money. I just wanted it to be tastefully and done as something to really show how many people helped me to get to this point and how important, whether they know it or not, they are in my life.”