The vice president of Netflix films has confirmed that the company will make a feature about the 1999 USA women’s football team, which won the World Cup.
With the tournament on home soil, the US charged through to the final, where they faced off against China in front of 90,185 fans – a record attendance.
The game went to penalties, and it was Brandi Chastain who stepped up and slotted home the winning penalty, before producing an iconic moment by ripping off her shirt in celebration.
Netflix films VP Tendo Nagenda announced on the Netflix blog that a film will be made about the US women’s team of 1999, with the streaming giant scoring the rights to Jere Longman’s book The Girls of Summer: The US Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed The World.
Liza Chasin, who was helped with films such as Darkest Hour, Baby Driver and Love Actually, will produce the film, along with Ándale Productions’ Hayley Stool and Ross Greenburg of Roos Greenburg Productions.
President and CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Marla Messing, Jill Mazursky and Krista Smith will also be executive producers.
The tournament had a hugely positive impact, with Nagenda claiming that the US’ win in the final sent ‘long-term reverberations’ throughout sports in general – which continue to this day.
“As a longtime soccer fan, I can still remember watching that groundbreaking game in Union Square,” Nagenda wrote. “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.”