Netflix has acquired the rights to develop a feature film called J. Longman’s book “The Girls of Summer: The US Women’s Soccer Team and How It Changed the World”. The project will focus on the 1999 U.S. women’s soccer team, following their World Cup journey and their epoch-making success.
“Darkest Hour” producer Lisa Chasin will co-produce her first look contract with Indel Productions ‘Haley Stool and Ross Greenberg Productions’ Ross Greenberg. Stool made the book optional and secured the right to life for eight players on the U.S. soccer team. Margaret Cherin of 3Dot will work closely with Chassin on the project. Marla Messing, President and CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Jill Mazurski and Krista Smith will be the executive producers.
Although this is not the first World Cup for the women’s national football team, the championship run helped bring the organization into the global spotlight for the first time. Team USA lost to Japan in the final with a penalty kick after the iconic image of Brandi Chesten was sealed the victory in the history book with the final kick.
“As a longtime football fan, I can still watch that groundbreaking game in Union Square.” Tendo Nagenda, vice president of Netflix Films, said. “When I moved to Uganda in my teens, playing football was an important way to meet kids my own age (even if our balls were made with dried banana leaves). This was true when I left my first job in Los Angeles in 1999 to take summer film classes in New York City. I used to stand outside the bar to watch my colleagues and the Women’s World Cup series between sh shots and location theft. Watching the USA team in the summer made me forget that I had no meaning and nothing more than my dream of feeding. That team, that goal, and Brandi Chastein’s unforgettable response – she tore her shirt off and knelt down in surprise – convinced me that I could do something and do it my way. “
The team had previously highlighted in the HBO documentary “Dream to Dream: The Story of the US Women’s Soccer Team”, which was the history of the entire program – not just the 1999 team – when these new projects were the first feature entirely dedicated to the 1999 team.