For most of us, the idea that someone would want to make a movie about their life would sound fascinating. Then again, most of us may not have a story worth telling. Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs certainly has a story worth telling. One that a lot of people would be interested in seeing dramatized on film.
Shortly after being drafted, Jacobs was approached several times by producers looking to turn make a movie about his life.
“I was just being hit up by big-name producers, like three or four of them about doing a movie,” said Jacobs. “I don’t know if I’m going to do it or not. I feel like there’s perfect timing to everything and I just don’t feel like right now is the right time.”
Jacobs’ story is the kind Hollywood loves. His family struggled as a child, with bouts of poverty and homelessness while his father struggled to raise Josh and his four siblings. To go from that to star running back at Alabama to first round NFL draft pick is inspirational.
Being a rookie who hasn’t even taken an NFL snap yet is one reason Jacobs is hesitant to sign onto any kind of movie deal right now. But it’s more than that.
When you make a movie, the writers want every detail. The juicier the better. That means talking about things that happened in his life that aren’t so easily discussed.
“Because it’s taking the story into a deeper level,” Jacobs said. “It’s saying some things that I left out in the story that would probably be shown in the movie and I don’t know if I want to do it. I still have to talk to my family about it and see how they feel about it and things like that. But I haven’t really thought about it too much.”
One day maybe we’ll see “Long run: The Josh Jacobs story” in theaters at some point. But for now Jacobs is trying to make the ending even more of a success story.