Even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s still hard to not enjoy sports movies. Tales of redemption, underdogs, and victories and defeats—what’s not to love?
This year has already seen some of the best sports movies, like Adam Sandler’s Hustle and the Disney+ movie Rise. But, there is still a lot more to look forward to.
So keep your eyes peeled. Here are some of the most exciting sports movies coming your way.
Rocky is one of the most iconic movies of all time. And clearly, people can’t seem to get enough of it because the ninth installment in the Rocky franchise is coming out next year. It’s Creed III.
In case you didn’t watch the first two Creed movies, Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa’s biggest competitor, Apollo Creed. The first movie was released back in 2015, and the sequel was three years later.
Creed and Creed II both saw the return of Sylvester Stallone as the great Rocky Balboa, mentoring Adonis in his own boxing career. But, in this third installment, we may not be seeing Stallone playing the beloved character. The spotlight is handed over to Jordan.
Although the plot details of Creed III have not been disclosed, we’re certainly excited to see the first Rocky franchise film without Rocky himself. The movie is set to hit theatres on March 3, 2023.
Next Goal Wins
If you’re hyped for the FIFA World Cup this year, you should definitely be excited for Next Goal Wins. The name may sound familiar to you, as this new movie is based on a documentary of the same title that was released in 2014.
The movie is based on the true story of the Dutch-American football coach, Thomas Rongen. In the movie, he is tasked to turn one of the weakest football teams into a World Cup-worthy team. And don’t we all love a good underdog story?
Taika Waititi, writer of the Oscar-winning movie Jojo Rabbit, is the director and co-writer of the movie. Iain Morris, who created the hit show The Inbetweeners, is also a co-writer of the movie. So while we can expect some elements of drama that most sports movies have, this one will likely have the pair’s comedic touch.
Although there is no set date for its release yet, we can expect it to hit the theatres in 2023.
White Men Can’t Jump (the remake)
This title should definitely sound familiar to you. The original White Men Can’t Jump still remains one of the best comedies from the 90s. The movie told the story of two basketball hustlers, played by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, as they scheme their way into winning money in a basketball tournament.
And it remains iconic. To this day, basketball commentators still reference the movie in many conversations. And lucky for us, we’re getting a remake.
Sinqua Walls was cast as Snipes’ character, Kamal Allen, and Jack Harlow was cast as Harrelson’s character, Billy Hoyle. Harlow even mentioned it in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely excited to see how they live up to these iconic characters.
But while we’re all excited to see this remake, filming just began last May and the movie is still in production. Expectations are definitely high, but we’re looking forward to seeing a modern-day take on this story.
Which sports movies are you looking forward to?