The Vice President of Netflix films, Tendo Nagenda, revealed today that the streaming service is developing a feature based on the U.S Women’s Soccer team winning the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The film is set to be adapted from Jere Longman’s novel, The Girls of Summer: The US Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed The World, which Netflix acquired the rights to after a competitive battle.
The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in the USA, which saw 90,185 in attendance (including former President Bill Clinton) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, witness U.S.A beat China in a final that went all the way to penalties, leading to the iconic moment where Brandi Chastain took her jersey off in celebration of scoring the winning penalty. Their journey ultimately paved the way for enhanced funding and recognition for women’s soccer in in the country and also led to the establishment of the North American women’s soccer league.
Tendo Nagenda released a statement, saying:
As a longtime soccer fan, I can still remember watching that groundbreaking game in Union Square. When I moved to Uganda in my teens, playing soccer was an important way to meet kids my own age (even if our balls were made up of dried banana leaves). That was also true when I left my first job in Los Angeles to take summer film classes in New York City in 1999. In between stealing shots and locations, my collaborators and I would stand outside bars to see the Women’s World Cup series. Watching the USA team that summer made me forget I had no money and little more than a dream to feed me. That team, that goal, and Brandi Chastain’s unforgettable reaction – in which she ripped off her shirt and dropped to her knees in astonishment – made me believe I could do anything, and do it my way.
The film will be executive produced by Marla Messing, Jill Mazursky and Krista Smith, with Liza Chasin serving as producer under the 3dot productions banner, alongside Ándale Productions, Hayley Stool and Ross Greenburg of Ross Greenburg Productions.