He's secured the Heisman Trophy, the NCAA football national championship, a playoff game in the NFL, and a roster spot playing professional baseball. Now, Tim Tebow can say he's making movies, too.
Tebow shared, "Run the Race is about so much more than football. This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family, and the power of forgiveness. I love being a part of a project like this because it will impact lives, inspire hope, and even prompt action. When I read the script, I knew this was an important project to get behind.”
Along with his brother Robby, Tebow is producing the film Run the Race about brothers in high school who seek different paths to success. An All-State athlete, Zach struggles with his mother's death and his father's abandonment, while using his on-field success to earn a football scholarship to college. When an injury threatens to derail their path out of town, Zach's brother David turns to track to save their chances.
“The script pulled me in right away, and I wanted to bring it to life cinematically,” said Tebow's brother, Robby. “As somebody with brothers in a big, super-close family that has gone through a lot together, it resonated with me on a deep level.”
Starring Mykelti Williamson as the football coach, Frances Fisher as their surrogate mother, Tanner Stine as Zach, Evan Hofner as David, the film's main cast is rounded out by Kristoffer Polaha, Mario Van Peebles and Heisman-winner Eddie George. Produced by Darren Moorman, Jake McEntire and Ken Carpenter, directed by Chris Dowling, and co-written by McEntire, Dowling, and Jason Baumgardner, the film has entered post-production but no theatrical date has been set.
“Sports really is a microcosm of how life is,” added George, who plays a college recruiter. “Somebody's going to deal with adversity. Somebody's going to deal with loss. Somebody's going to deal with pain. Somebody's going deal with victory and success. I think this film reflects that.”
"We set out to make a film that engages the young adult crowd while retaining a universal, timeless appeal,” said director Dowling. “Young adults crave stories built on authenticity and we deliver with real characters having real conversations about love, family and trying to find his or her place in this sometimes crazy world.”
Stay tuned for more details about Run the Race.